V & A / The Quality of Objects

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

Since its inception, the V&A’s buildings were intended to exemplify the best of contemporary architecture and design. They were to be a work of art in themselves, reinforcing the Museum’s mission to educate and inspire its visitors. This philosophy has endured to create the richly varied set of buildings we see today. Each one now represents both a chapter of the V&A’s story and a moment in British design history.



-objects made/shaped by human and have cultural or historical significance.

They are rich source of knowledge, telling us much about the social order, needs and cultural concerns of the time in which they are made and used.

Project Process

  1. Begin by visiting the V&A Museum to identify multiple
    artefacts to respond to
  2. Make further research visits (to this or other venues)
    to gather materials and expand your thinking.
  3. Through close analysis dissect and research your
    chosen artefacts, examining them in terms of their
    individual characteristics
    (eg. material, colour, form, function, mechanism,
    pattern, cultural references, provenance, ritual use
  4. Produce developmental work
  5. Finish the project with a new design or artwork that
    considers your relevant “Pathway Specific Outcome”.

Quality (sets of qualities)

Physical (tangible)

material, color, shape, weight, scale, size, etc.

Non-physical (intangible)

ritual, religious, political, time, purpose, functionality, history, etc.

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