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LDF 2015: What is luxury?

Every year, my absolutely favourite place to visit during the London Design Festival is the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) with the exhibitions organised and commissioned by this museum. This place is truly a source of all kinds of inspiration. This year, V&A in partnership with the Craft Council organised a very mindful exhibition titled “What is Luxury?”

This exhibition examined how luxury is made and understood. Luxury has a long history of controversy. More recently, the increase in prominence and growth of luxury brands against the backdrop of social inequality has raised new questions about what the term means to people today. Changes in culture and communication have also stimulated interest in less tangible forms of luxury, such as the desire of space and time.

“What is Luxury?” framed work by designers, makers and artists by using a selection of terms in order to engage with and expand upon current debate. It addressed the production of exceptional objects, which demonstrated an extraordinary investment in time and hand-making. It explored attitudes to dreams. It challenged preconceived notions of value and provided an opportunity to think about the future of luxury in the 21st century.

Luxury production represents an investment in time. This applies not only to the time spent making an object but also to the process of perfecting skills. Makers of luxury are inspired by the potential of materials, and complex techniques. This motivation often exists beyond market demands and can require and acceptance of risk.

Creating luxury is not concerned with practical solutions but with the extraordinary , non-essential and exclusive. Mastery of a craft and exceptional expertise are often demonstrated by outstanding precision, attention to detail and remarkable finishes. Such quality is achieved only by challenging and broadening established standards of craftsmanship and accepted categories of design and industries. The resulting work combines high levels of innovation with a respect for craft traditions.

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Exhibition curators: Jana Scholze – curator of contemporary furniture V&A and Leanne Wierzba, research fellow V&A

This exhibition has been made possible by the provision of insurance through the Government Indemnity Scheme.

Source: Victoria and Albert Museum London

The Luxury of Silence

 

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What Would You Pay for Some Peace and Quiet?

“I just need some peace and quiet,” says someone, somewhere in the world, probably every day or possibly every hour or every minute. It’s something we’re familiar with saying and hearing but ironically, it’s something we’re becoming less and less familiar with, as the world around us gets louder and louder. True peace and quiet really is quite a luxury, when you think about it. No longer can it typically be achieved within the confines of our daily routine. We yearn for it. We seek it out. We even take refuge from our daily lives in the hopes of finding it. And many will go so far as to pay for it.

Read article here:
http://goo.gl/xXAw08

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