V&A inspired, John Lewis designed
For AW17 we’re excited to introduce a new series of unique pieces designed in house but capturing the creative spirit of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art & design and performance.
Philippa Prinsloo (Design Studio Manager)
introduces the series
The design team and I were excited to see the shift towards a more decorative interior style and we looked at this trend as part of our new Collector’s House interiors launch. The Victoria and Albert Museum is the ultimate collector’s house, a rich source of decorative design inspiration where you always discover something new, so we knew it was a good place to start.
Kumo cushion £45
I went to the V&A with the studio team and we visited the galleries we were most drawn to. We considered what it was that interested us – was it the room’s architecture, the display case or the object inside, or even the story of the collector who donated the item? When you allow yourself to be inspired by lots of elements, you can think quite differently.
For example, the transitioning patterns on the Yama dinnerware reflect the experience of walking through the museum – there is so much to look at, you leave with all these different stories that can get slightly mixed from gallery to gallery.
Yama Side Plates ( set of 4 ) £65
What could be easier than chopping your salad ingredients directly in the bowl? These salad scissors make that a reality, and with rounded blades they won't damage your tableware. Simple, effective, and strangely satisfying
Mizu Platter £55
The art of display was another main theme, so there are a number of pieces that link back to this, such as the Fitzhenry collector’s cabinet, the Paxton cloche table lamp and the Victoria magnifying jewellery dish.
Fitzhenry collectors' cabinet £999
Quality materials were absolutely key. Brass and gold are significant because when you walk through the museum, you see flashes of them everywhere. The Paxton lamp had to be real crystal, as it’s inspired by the original Crystal Palace – the site of the 1851 Great Exhibition.
The textiles and wallpaper panel are inspired by the Japanese gallery. As traditional Japanese fabrics have a silky sheen to them, we’ve made sure our pieces play with light. There’s viscose in the rugs, the wallpaper has a metallic mica finish and the cushions are a mix of silk and linen or lustrous velvet.