Bespoke commissions –

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Utilising archival art and design collections, we can develop unique bespoke retail gift products – the range illustrated was commissioned for the V&A and draws upon their Charles Voysey ink wash illustration collection as inspiration.

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Commissioned to produce a very first retail gift range for the Victoria and Albert Museum, we were given access to the entire museum archive for inspiration – a pretty daunting prospect as the possibilities were seemingly endless. The collection holds millions of artefacts including glass, textiles, graphics, photography and jewellery.

Following weeks of research we narrowed our choice of design directions and finally after some difficult decisions we chose, as the inspiration for the range, the work of renowned architect and arts and crafts designer, Charles Voysey (1857 – 1941).

Our branding and packaging designs draw upon one of Voysey’s ink wash illustrations for a hand blocked wallpaper, dating from the early 1900s. We felt that this particular intricate design of water lilies and vines had strong potential for development into a range of retail products with a contemporary, organic look and feel.

Working with the V&A Retail team, manufacturers; Shearer Candles, together with the glass and box makers, we created a range of 8 products, re-interpreting Voysey’s illustration in delicate gold filigree which was etched on bespoke glass and printed on fine handmade papers, all echoing the textures produced by the hand crafting of the original design.

A series of prototypes were produced for glass and carton structure designs and working within a very tight timeframe the products were launched at the V&A to fit with the museum exhibition and events schedule.

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