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Victoria and Albert Museum Celebrate the Legacy of Plywood

PLYWOOD is a versatile material with unique qualities which offers designers infinite possibilities for creativity. When steamed, curved and moulded plywood can be manipulated into curvaceous architectural forms or laser cut using the latest technology to create intricate lace-like tracery. Even plywood scraps can be re-purposed to make eco-friendly furniture pieces.

In celebration of this remarkable material, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London mounts Plywood: Material of the Modern World, a new exhibition which highlights the significance of plywood design this summer. Iconic designs of the twentieth century relating to architecture, furniture making and transport feature throughout the displays and bring to light the ground-breaking advances in plywood manufacture which include 19th century rotary cutting and the pioneering moulding techniques of the 1930s. Christopher Wilk, exhibition co-curator and Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, said, “Plywood is such a common, everyday material that most people barely notice when it is used. One could say that it has been hidden in plain sight.”

Victoria and Albert Museum, plywood, design, exhibition

Moulded plywood chair designed by Grete Jalk, 1963. Photograph courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum, London

On display will be well-known furniture pieces by Alvar Aalto, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames and Grete Jalk, working drawings and a fascinating array of transport designs which include a plywood canoe, a 1960s racing car with a plywood chassis and a number of vintage skateboards.

Victoria and Albert Museum, plywood, design, exhibitionDrawing of Alvar Aalto designed Finnish Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1939-‘40.
Courtesy of Alvar Aalto Museum

An intriguing cluster of sculptural forms designed by Canadian-based company, Patkau Architects will be exhibited outside in the V and A’s John Madejski Garden. Cleverly constructed to withstand freezing temperatures, these plywood ice-skating shelters float on the frozen Winnipeg River and provide a welcome respite from the biting wind. Fixed to a timber frame, their flexible plywood sheets sway and creak with the elements.

Victoria and Albert Museum, plywood, design, exhibitionPatkau Architects, Ice skating shelters, Winnipeg, 2012, Courtesy of Patkau Architects

 

by Miranda Charalambous

Plywood: Material of the Modern World, sponsored by Made.com and supported by the American Friends of the V&A (AFV&A) opens from July 15 – 12 November 12, 2017 in the Porter Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Email: contact@vam.ac.uk

Front page image: Patkau Architects, Ice skating shelters, Winnipeg, 2012, Courtesy of Patkau Architects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Floyd Exhibition at the V&A Announced

THE Victoria and Albert Museum will mount a sensational new show celebrating the phenomenal success of ‘60s psychedelic rock band, Pink Floyd,  next year. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s debut single, Arnold Layne, and comprises a spectacular laser light-show, unseen concert footage and a host of band memorabilia.

Pink Floyd Pink Floyd 1971 Belsize Park © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

Curated by Victoria Broackes in collaboration with surviving band members and entertainment architects, Stufish the show recreates designs from the band’s spectacular sets and album covers which include The Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall and The Division Bell. The exhibition highlights Pink Floyd’s pioneering approach in both sound and vision defined by Museum Director, Martin Roth as “an impressive and enduring British design story of creative success”.

floyd 1 600x400Pink Floyd. Photograph: Storm Thorgerson © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

Following the success of the V&A’s  show, David Bowie Is, this exhibition offers fans the opportunity to take part in an immersive sonic experience utilising cutting-edge museum technology by audio specialist, Sennheiser to recreate an psychedelic scene of the 60s. The show displays artefacts from the Museum’s extensive performance collections and also from band members comprising original album covers designed by Hipgnosis, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and Storm Thorgerson, posters, handwritten lyrics and not least, Pink Floyd’s instruments including their vintage Azimuth Co-ordinator, the first panning control for sound systems.

Attending the announcement of the exhibition, Pink Floyd drummer, Nick Mason said, “I did think we’d be short of material. That’s turned out to be entirely incorrect. I can’t tell you how much stuff won’t fit in.”

floyd 2 600x400Pink Floyd 1994 Division Bell publicity shot – Credit Albert Wilson © Pink Floyd Archive

by Miranda Charalambous

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains runs from May 13 – October 1, 2017 at Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2R
Tel: +44 (0)20 7942 2000
Email: contact@vam.ac.uk

Front page image: Pink Floyd 1971 Belsize Park © Pink Floyd Music Ltd

The exhibition is promoted by Michael Cohl of Iconic Entertainment Studios

Beautiful Soul Introduce Patti Wilson film

BRITISH fashion company, Beautiful Soul launched their SS16 Patti Wilson Collection earlier this year in their quintessentially English style brimming with vintage charm, nostalgia and subtle sensuality. Named after the mother of founder of the brand, Nicola Woods, they are timeless pieces intended to be handed down from mother to daughter and cherished forever as sustainable items. Her signature blue hydrangeas and peachy pinks sing of English summers, ladybirds and the hum of gauzy wings on delicate white blossoms.

Beautiful Soul Street Style by Beautiful Soul, 2016. Photo © Nicola Woods

Day to evening wear in gorgeous floral silks comprises a romantic silhouette of softly-waisted gowns with gentle ruffles or discreetly plunging necklines. Graceful dresses in diaphanous English lace flow effortlessly and relaxed shirt-styles have luxurious silk habouti collars, deep cuffs and delicate couture details. Floral cropped tops are cut with a playful swing designed for easy layering over dresses for the perfect chic look.

 

 

by Miranda Charalambous

Photo © Nicola Woods