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Yesterday over on Design*Sponge¬†Grace shared an amazing installation at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Two brothers created a “field” of fabric-covered foam, set it up on the floor of the Raphael Cartoons Gallery, and encouraged visitors to walk, sit, or lounge on it as they wished.

(Images via Design*Sponge)

You can read more about the installation process and the designers’ hopes for the piece on its website, but like all art, it’s meant to prompt individual reactions and responses. Personally, I’m immediately drawn to the color palette, which seems both calming and energizing, and curious about the experience of using it.

The idea of using this as an item of furniture inside the museum is odd, of course, but I love the way it raises the question of what the “right” way to experience artwork is. Why not lounge on the floor to view art? Would sitting on a comfortable surface encourage a visitor to stay longer, concentrate better, look more closely?

I wish that I could try this out in person… but it’s in London, and only up for a week. If you check it out please share! What do you think?


This summer, the high school interns at the Met worked with textile artist Faith Ringgold on a Peace Quilt. As part of this project, they studied textiles across the museum’s collection. Some of the students’ works are on display, and this one in particular catches my eye every time I walk past:

Right now I’m reading “Blue: The History of a Color” by Michael Pastoureau. It’s such an interesting way to look at the history of art, perception, and culture…. and one of my favorite colors! There are quite a few factoids that are given a thorough examination in the book, such as:

  • Blue is so rarely seen or mentioned before the middle ages that historians used to believe people weren’t able to see it
  • Before it became associated with the Virgin Mary and royalty, blue was considered an offensive color
  • Blue was originally considered to be a warm color, not a cool one

Image source and more information: Amazon.

A 10 ton Egyptian statue being installed in the Great Hall.