Addressing the really big and important question of our times – What is Luxury? – the V&A (in partnership with the Crafts Council) will be showing off some really nice things in its Spring exhibition while looking at how craftsmanship, design and cultural value deliver a sense of “the luxurious”. The exhibition will also “consider time and space as fundamental aspects constituting luxury, especially within a 21st–century urban context .” Prime property developer of the moment Northacre is sponsoring.
Over 100 objects will be on display, ranging from a diamond made from roadkill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, furniture made from human hair to traditional military tailoring. There’s also some more predictable items: a golden crown for ecclesiastical use; a chandelier by Studio Drift; a Hermès Talaris saddle; the Bubble Bath necklace by Nora Fok, and lots of stuff covered in gold…
Leanne Wierzba, co-curator of the exhibition: “What is Luxury? will reveal the stories and craftsmanship behind the exquisite and intriguing objects on display and demonstrate the precision, time and application of skills invested to produce them.”
V&A curator of Contemporary Furniture Jana Scholze and co-curator of What is Luxury?: “As its title suggests, the exhibition questions the very idea of luxury today. It will challenge common interpretations of luxury, invite close examination of luxury production and extend ideas of what luxury can be. Essentially, the question of luxury is a personal one.”
Niccolò Barattieri di San Pietro, CEO, Northacre: “We are delighted to partner with the V&A on such an engaging and thought- provoking exhibition. Northacre is distinguished by its refined and innovative approach to luxury residential development and its commitment to craftsmanship, themes which are explored and interrogated by What is Luxury? It is this utmost respect for luxury, and what it embodies, that Northacre shares with the exhibition.”
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council: “We are delighted to collaborate with the V&A on this third exhibition following Out of the Ordinary (2007) and Power of Making (2011), which both delighted audiences by offering new perspectives on craft. What is Luxury? brings together the distinctive expertise of our two institutions to explore the intricate connections between craftsmanship and luxury. Over 100 remarkable objects will look beyond the widely understood perceptions of luxury involving skill, time and rarity to question what luxury means in the 21st century and in the future.”
What is Luxury?, sponsored by Northacre, will be at the Porter Gallery at the V&A from April 25 – September 27, 2015
All image courtesy of the V&A / Crafts Councilvam.ac.uk northacre.com