Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Nap time with the Bouroullec brothers


"The Bouroullec brothers invite you to lounge on this expansive sensual field in the unique environment of the V&A's Raphael Gallery. Sit back and contemplate the surrounding cartoons from a comfortable new perspective. Relax and examine their complexities at your leisure." Don't mind if I do, Bouroullecs, don't mind if I do.


I'm not one to even turn down the possibility of a nap, and when it's in the vast Raphael gallery at the V&A, one of my favourite museums, there is just no stopping me - I removed my shoes and took a little stroll down the middle of the soft (oh so soft) woven blocks which formed a boat like structure all the way down the middle of the gallery, chose my spot - not too many kids or couples nearby - and just lay. I laid for about half an hour and soaked up the calming sounds of quiet chatter absorbed by the (absolutely humongous) Raphael paintings. Ah, that's better.

This installation, by the french design duo, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec is just one of many projects on show for London Design Festival which is on until September 25. If you're in town throughout that time I would definitely recommend it. The V&A is acting as a sort of flagship venue for the festival and another must see is outside the museum, swirling around the main entrance, Al_L's wooden dna-structure-esque, Timber Wave.



If you want to know more, check out what we wrote about it on Phaidon.com as it'll be better summed up there, along with more updates this week which aren't to miss.
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