London Design Festival: Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Victoria & Albert Museum

September 15 - 25, 2011

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created an installation entitled Textile Field for Kvadrat. An expansive, coloured foam and textile ‘lounge’ with gentle inclinations that produce a sensual environment on which visitors can comfortably lounge and contemplate the surrounding space. Textile Field is installed in the Raphael Gallery, the largest and most prestigious space in the Victoria and Albert Museum. The structure will measure 30 meters long by 8 meters wide.

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec intend to create a comfortable yet dynamic space. Visitors will be invited to sit, stand or lie on the textile installation and take time to consider the gallery surroundings which include some of the most important surviving examples of Renaissance art in the world. “We wanted to propose a different approach to freely experience what can be quite an intimidating environment, such as a museum. A laid-back context to favour contemplation” explains Erwan Bouroullec. Using Kvadrat’s Hallingdal upholstery textile the designers are able to explore and investigate how the textile engages with the space and in turn how the visitor interacts with the gallery surroundings.

Photos: © Studio Bouroullec & V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum.