The End of the Affair

Maybe it's time to take a break, see some other people... London has been having a love affair with the Campana brothers. These wild and crazy furniture designers from Brazil had a big show here which was extensively reported. Then in honour of their 150th anniversary, the Victoria & Albert Museum asked them to do a piece for the courtyard in the middle of the ornate victorian building. It is a large and busy place, with people eating, chatting, and children paddling around in the reflecting pond. And that's when the trouble started. It is hard to make an impact in such a bustling arena and the boys have come up with...not much.

Four large round stools made out of bits and ends of rubber fabrics, carpets, rubber mats, and rubber nets in beige, pale orange, pink and brown. The seats are quite hard and not very comfortable. Around them are bamboo poles on an angle, forming longish hallways, almost tee-pee like. The children were enjoying them, treating them as a toy to run around in. The seats are meant to recreate the feel of giant water lilies commonly found in the Brazilian Amazon. They are a new take on their older Vitoria Regia chair, which was, appropriately, named after Queen Victoria. Take a little time, to think it over... :: V & A Museum

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