Interior Design – The V&A London

London’s impact on worldwide interior designs, is second to none.

This city has influenced countless millions of homes and businesses. Not just in recent years, but stretching back through time, to when the landed gentry first sought inspiration for their country estates and mews properties.
London’s status as the global capital of interior design can be best appreciated with a visit to the V&A – the world’s leading museum of art and design.

Vast and ever updated collections

The V&A (formerly called the Victoria & Albert Museum) houses collections of architectural, fashion and decorative significance spanning five thousand years. That’s 2.3 million objects in total, and of course the V&A also offers a packed calendar of temporary exhibits and shows too.
Not surprisingly, the V&A has been the source of inspiration for successful British designers since its inception in 1852. From a historical perspective, it can show you the origins of every interior design trend and influence there has ever been.

Influencing interior designs of the future

However, the V&A is far from being simply a “museum”. It also features items and materials showing contemporary design, drawing inspiration for its locality in London, but also stretching outward as far as Asia.
The V&A has a mission to promote excellence in design and manufacturing. This is one of the reasons it develops and distributes its own line of products too.
One of its recent offerings to the world of interior design was an endorsement for a range of paint colours. These were inspired by exhibits within its gracious halls and its own history. Each colours shade in the range has its own backstory. For example, the Reuben Red is a throwback to the rich colours of Victorian homes. It gets its name from the sculptor Reuben Townroe, who was based at the V&A in its early days, when it was called the South Kensington Museum.

What’s at the V&A in 2018?

Are you or your children fans of the delightful tales of Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne? Until 8th April there is a multi-sensory and fun exhibition showing the influence and playfulness of this literary classic.
Until 17th June, you could explore “the romantic and remarkable age of ocean travel” with the museum’s Ocean Liners: Speed and Style exhibition.
Throughout 2018 (until Oct 21st) you can also explore a highly significant display entitled “Without Walls: Disability and Innovation in Building Design”.

**Special Note**

Opening on the 16th of June, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up. This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
These are just a few of the highlights from the V&A. We are as passionate about London and all it has to offer as we are about interior design and fashion. We love to help our guests enjoy their stay in London with our comprehensive ‘insider’ information.

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