As ever the V&A is taking centre stage at this year’s London Design Festival with the usual mix of ambitious and well-conceived projects. Nendo’ s Mimicry Chairs is one of the exhibits on show at the flagship venue and as with many of the V&A’s offerings over the years, the project references and reacts to the space, or rather spaces, in which it sits.
Suspended in the entrance hall there is a simple, white pressed-metal chair which is the starting point for the work. Walking through the museum the same basic chair reappears – in galleries, down corridors, up walls and next to windows – but in a way adapted to work with its new setting.
The most striking manifestation occurs in the long tapestry gallery (above) but I also liked the set of different-sized seats echoing the higgledy-piggledy paintings in the room around it.
It’s a simple idea but one which exerts a powerful pull and reflects the design continuum the V & A does so much to chart and champion.
As well as the images our friends at Crane.tv made this nice short film looking at the install and the studio’s design approach.