Opinion by Richard Baird
Exhibition Road Quarter is a new gallery built under and an extension of The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. Although the V&A is known for its commitment to innovation its spaces within an early twentieth century Grade 1 listed building set limitations, with temporary retro-fitted interiors proving to be cramped and inflexible. Without the possibility of outward expansion, the V&A explored the subterranean, embracing innovation in architecture and engineering to create new modern spaces with greater scale and opportunity beneath. To celebrate the distinctive structure created by AL_A, and to tease and then announce the grand opening design studio dn&co. worked with the V&A to develop a campaign of posters and banners. These were unified by the line “A New Way In” and were based around the concept of concealing and then revealing through layers.
Selected by Richard Baird.
A continually updated gallery of graphic identity design work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that feature a still life component. It brings together those images that elevate product and intend to convey brand story or character, those that seek to express an artistic and craft sensibility, or those that look to convey a sense of play or a conviviality.
This post features work by Garbett, Bond and Mind Design, and covers a variety of projects, from catering services and property development to health stores and confectioners. Highlights include the connection to surrounding landscape in the stacking of chairs by Clase bcn for Enea, the arrangement of raw ingredients by Studio Round for restaurant Brae, and the balance and tension of Spy’s work for H+J.