Also on display at the V&A in London this week, is a selection of design proposals for electricity pylons. Not the most glamourous of subjects, perhaps, but serious food for thought for industrial designers.
The design of the humble British pylon has barely changed from Sir Reginald Bloom's 1927 design. An icon of technological progress to some; an ugly scar on the countryside to others; the British National Grid predict—what with the development of technology, and perhaps even an eventual switch to electric cars—that we will need more pylons rather than less in the coming years.
All the models on show are shortlisted entries to a design competition run by the British National Grid. You can find out more about the competition at ribapylondesign.com
Of course, the exhibition had to be accompanied by an original Tom Dixon Pylon Chair, looking very throne-like in the marble surroundings.