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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

New furniture gallery top open at London's V&A

6th November 2012

One of London's most popular attractions is opening a new space to allow visitors to enjoy an extensive collection of furniture.

The Dr Susan Weber Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum will showcase around 200 pieces as part of a look back at the rich history of design and workmanship used to create furniture.

The gallery has been designed by NORD Architecture and will provide a home for items from Britain and Europe as well as Asia and America. Many of the pieces date back to the Middle Ages and provide a unique insight into the techniques used to produce some stunning furniture designs.

Chairs, stools, tables, bureaux, chests, cabinets, wardrobes, clocks, mirrors and screens all make up the special Victoria & Albert collection, which has been in storage for the past three decades because of a lack of space in the central London museum.

Thomas Chippendale, David Roentgen, Grinling Gibbons, George Bullock and Robert Adam are just some of the names that have helped to produce the furniture and highlights are set to include a dining chair by Frank Lloyd Wright, an elaborate cassone made for the Duke of Urbino at the start of the 1500s and a scagliola decorated table from 1675.

Curators of the new space have also commissioned 14 audio tracks by top design experts such as David Adjaye and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen to further explain the importance of key pieces from the collection to visitors staying in central London hotels.

The new space is part of the museum's FuturePlan initiative, which is a multi-million plan to upgrade the attraction's facilities and gallery spaces.


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