Late Fridays at the V&A are always surprising and enjoyable—this month's event focused on designers who work in pairs. The evening was full of activities that explored interaction, two-ness and unexpected collaborations.
Two to Tango featured oversized spoons where visitors were encouraged to feed each other from giant pots of couscous, while a 'V&A' version of the memory game, Two's a Pair, took place in the dining hall, with prizes of specially commissioned artworks.
There was a screening of six short videos entitled 'Couples Design Counselling,' where couples who live and work together discuss the dynamics of juggling both roles. Finally, a very unlikely collaboration took place under the huge Chihuly in the Grand Hall: guests were serenaded as they left by champion beatboxer, Reeps 1, accompanying Callum Stewart on the pipes.
Alongside all of this was the private view of new work by Onkar Kular and Noam Toran—a collection of semi-mythological artifacts and stories entitled 'I Cling to Virtue.' Although most events and workshops were for one-night-only, 'I Cling to Virtue' continues until the 10th of October.
Pieces from I Cling to Virtue.
For details of the next Late Friday visit the Victoria and Albert website here.
Shai Akram met Andrew Haythornthwaite while studying at the Royal College of Art, the two now run their own design practice and are also members of the Okay Studio collective. Her projects cover creative direction and design for interiors, events, and furniture/product ranges. Shaiâ€™s work is a combination of practice and theory, translating research and ideology into objects and visual language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and projects have taken her to China, New Zealand and Italy- although Shai loves to travel, she secretly wishes she would stay in one place long enough to have a cat.