Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Victoria & Albert Museum to Open New Furniture Gallery

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) will open its new Furniture Gallery on 1 December 2012, providing a permanent home for the museum’s internationally renowned furniture collection. 

Storage Unit by Charles and Ray Eames (USA, 1949-50)

The museum has always displayed furniture in other galleries but this will be the first ever gallery at the V&A dedicated to furniture and the only gallery in the world devoted to a comprehensive display of furniture. Designed by NORD Architecture, the gallery will display more than 200 pieces of British and European furniture, from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as examples of American and Asian furniture.

The gallery will feature some objects that have not been on display for over three decades, including chairs, stools, tables, bureaux, chests, cabinets, wardrobes, clocks, mirrors and screens. Designers represented will include Thomas Chippendale, David Roentgen, Grinling Gibbons, George Bullock, Robert Adam, Eileen Gray, Michael Thonet, Charles and Ray Eames, Ron Arad and Tom Dixon.
Tristan and Isolde casket (Northern Europe, 1350-70)

Cabinet (England, c.1690-1700)

Cabinet (Mexico or Phillipines, c.1740-1770)

Table from Warwick Castle (England, c.1670-80)

Cradle by Richard Norman Shaw (England, c.1861)

Chair for the Ward Willets House by Frank Lloyd Wright (USA, 1902)


All images © V&A

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