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.
About the Author
Rob joined It’s Nice That as Online Editor in July 2011 before becoming Editor-in-Chief and working across all editorial projects including itsnicethat.com, Printed Pages, Here and Nicer Tuesdays. Rob left It’s Nice That in June 2015.