Victoria and Albert Museum  

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Visit the team from the award-winning licensing program from the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). As the world’s leading museum of art and design, the V&A can provide almost infinite sources of inspiration from textiles, furniture, graphics, to photography, jewellery and fashion. V&A licensees gain unique access to the extensive archive of over 2.3 million objects and the endorsement of the V&A brand: a trade mark that denotes both creativity and excellence in design.

 

It is one of the world’s most extensive resources of design to explore.  Licensees seek out decorative patterns and prints from centuries of design from around the world.  The experienced team provide relevant material to transform into contemporary, innovative and beautiful product ranges.  They also ensure a level of visual recognition across all categories, achieving a consistent expression of the V&A’s brand, whilst enabling licensees to achieve their targets.

 

The V&A brand has a growing appeal in different territories and product categories. The global licensing program includes homeware, apparel, jewellery, accessories, stationery, crafting and gifts from 75 licensees worldwide. Key territories include Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, China and South Korea.

 

Alongside brand licensing, there are also limitless opportunities for image licensing. The V&A’s collections appeal to a broad range of clients, including advertising agencies, publishers and broadcasters.


 Press Releases

  • Inspired by travel in the 1920s and 30s, and bridging the worlds of technology and travel in one range, the world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum and global accessories brand KNOMO have created a collection that uses an original print from the 1920s, housed in the Museum’s archives.

    The unique 6-piece collection of accessories comprise 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack and a Briefcase, along with iPhone 7/7 Plus cases, a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper. Each design is available in two colour-ways, ‘Night Forest’ with tones of blue and green, and ‘Monochrome’ with shades of white, grey and black.

    KNOMO’s treatment of the classic print sees the pattern adapted to create a bold, modern graphic print that picks up on key print directions emerging from the catwalk for Autumn/Winter 2017. The print is based on an original 1920s textile associated with Art Deco in the Museum’s archive. The pattern’s strong undulating arches is an expression of modernity and gives the illusion of movement, evoking the heyday of the great ocean liners, jazz bands and Charleston dancers.

    Throughout the 19th century technical innovation triumphed: the world started to become more accessible to those seeking adventure, or looking for a better life. By the early 20th century, we entered the golden age of ocean liner travel, the beginning of globalisation as we know it. This glamourous era of travel opened up a world of possibilities. The world was speeding up.

    Almost 100 years later we’re experiencing a new technological revolution, and we’re travelling more than ever before. We need great bags and accessories that meet modern needs, including clever organiser pockets, protection for tech devices and power to keep devices charged. All with thoughtful design that’s lightweight, easy to carry and stylish.

    Inside each product from the collection is a number of organisational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials like passport, Knomo portable battery and Knomo travel adaptor, along with a laptop or tablet and other belongings.

    Launching for sale in-store in July 2017 in UK, Europe and USA at selected stockists and via www.knomo.com 

    ABOUT KNOMO

    Life is about living.

    Forget working 9-5: following your passion is the only way to work, wherever that may take you. Explore, experience and achieve your best every day, whether you are at home, a co-work space or travelling. Knomo helps you get life organised with great bags and accessories that simplify travel and daily life, allowing you the freedom to do what you want, when you want, from wherever you choose.

     Time is precious. Choose life, choose Knomo and #livefree.

    KNOMO is currently available from UK retailers such as John Lewis, Harrod’s, Harvey Nichols, O2, House of Fraser and in-store at 83 Great Portland Street, and online and www.knomo.com

    ABOUT V&A

    The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5,000 years of creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

  • Colours inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the world’s leading museum of art and design will soon be available for the first time as a luxury interior paint range.

    A selection of 40 distinctive colours inspired by the V&A’s unique architecture and decorative interiors, allowing people to bring the palette of the Museum into their own homes, has been created by  Master Paintmakers, part of an international paint group. The V&A Classic Paint Collection, developed in close collaboration between Master Paintmakers and the V&A, will use the finest pigments to achieve the highest quality paint product available in its category.

    Highlights from the 40 strong colour palette will include Reuben Red, a rich Victorian red echoing colours used in fabrics and carpets at the time and named after Reuben Townroe, who worked on architectural decorations for the South Kensington Museum, as the V&A was then known. Owen’s Teal is a rich sea-green, taken from designer Owen Jones’s original decorations for the Museum’s early Indian, Chinese, and Japanese Rooms, considered 2017's on-trend colour for homes.

    The architect who designed the V&A’s main building, Aston Webb, is honoured with rich grey with a hint of warmth - Webb Grey - whilst Trajan’s Column, a contemporary white colour is based on the monumental plaster cast displayed in the Museum’s Cast Courts. The 19th century cast replicates the original Roman triumphal column which dates to the 1st century AD.

    The V&A Classic Paint Collection is already in use in select galleries at the Museum in South Kensington; a soft white has been named Grand Entrance after the space was painted in V&A Classic Paint. 

    The full range will be revealed in Spring 2017, when the collection will launch in retailers and online, with further information available on Twitter @VandAPaint.

    • The V&A Classic Paint Collection will be available in four finishes: Matt Emulsion, Eggshell, Gloss and Masonry and suited to furniture, walls, ceilings and woodwork for interiors and exteriors.
    • Price point and further stockists will be announced at launch in Spring 2017.
    • To follow launch progress, visit vandapaint.com or Twitter @VandAPaint

    About Master Paintmakers

    Master Paintmakers is part of a global manufacturing group with heritage dating back to 1892. The group develops paint and surface coatings for some of the world’s leading manufacturers and brands, across a broad range of industrial, aerospace and domestic uses, meeting exacting standards of quality and performance.

    About the V&A

    The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was established to make works of art available to all and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. Today, the V&A’s collections, which span over 5000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium and from many parts of the world, continue to intrigue, inspire and inform.

  • For Autumn Winter 2017, People Tree are delighted to announce the launch of their first fashion collection inspired by the V&A.  The debut eight piece capsule collection celebrates the variety and beauty of pattern in the Museum’s rich archives.

    Inspired by the 1930s, this limited edition collection recalls the elegant outfits of the period with a contemporary twist. Key to the collection are romantic long and lean shapes with subtle ruffle details. The prints are based on dress fabrics from 1934, originally produced by the Calico Printers' Association in Manchester, England, and are now held in the V&A’s archive.

    The Seed print story features four designs in 100% organic certified cotton – a ruffle dress, ruffle back shirt, coat dress and wide leg trouser.

    The Tulip print story features four designs in 100% Tencel® – ruffle back jumpsuit, smock dress, peplum top and maxi skirt. Tencel® is a luxury cellulose fibre made from wood pulp. The fibre production is extremely eco-friendly due to the closed loop manufacturing system used.

    All styles of the collaboration are made by Creative Handicrafts, based in India. Founded in 1984, this dynamic organisation helps low income women in the slums of Mumbai achieve economic independence by training and creating jobs.

  • Gentleman's accessory brand Rampley & Co are delighted to announce the launch of their new range of luxury silk pocket squares, inspired by the outstanding collections of the V&A.

    Designed and printed in the UK, the pocket squares feature nine different designs, sourced from an eclectic selection of decorative objects from the V&A’s archive. This includes a stunning stained glass window panel, Victorian commemorative handkerchief and patterned Damascus tiles. The designs perfectly suit the gentleman looking for that perfect finishing touch of sartorial elegance and sophistication. The complete collection is available at www.rampleyandco.com with select styles available in the V&A shop. Retail prices range from £45 to £59.

    Elliott Rampley, co-founder of Rampley & Co says: “We are proud and honoured to be launching this unique collection with the V&A to our customers. Working with the world’s greatest museum of art and design is very humbling and the designs we have re-created look awe-inspiring in the pocket square format.”

    Lauren Sizeland, Head of Licensing & Business Development at the V&A commented: “The pocket square is seeing a huge revival, with men of all ages embracing this sophisticated look, and Rampley & Co’s innovative take on our historic collections really appealed. This luxurious collection, all made in the UK, will be a great addition to the growing men’s accessories element of our licensing programme.”

    London based Rampley & Co print their silk pocket squares in a factory with a rich history in Macclesfield, an area famous for English textiles for over 300 years. The business was born out of a passion to create elegant men's accessories through innovative design, with the highest quality fabrics and craftsmanship.

  • Online stationer, Papier, is thrilled to announce an upcoming collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design, to produce a unique and beautiful collection of stationery inspired by the work of Owen Jones (1809-74).

    The unique range of over 100 customisable products will include stationery, notebooks and wedding invitations and will be available internationally exclusively at papier.com from 31st March 2017.

    This collaboration reflects Papier’s British sensibilities along with the brand’s passion for unique and original design. Owen Jones was an architect and designer known for his theories on colour, pattern and ornamentation. Two hundred years after his birth, Jones’ theories continue to resonate.

    In his search for a modern style, unique to the 19th century, he found inspiration from across the world. Embarking on his Grand Tour at the age of 23, he sought the best examples of ornament and decoration from other cultures and other periods. The V&A holds a comprehensive collection of Owen Jones’ work and Papier had full access to it in order to create these eye-catching designs and bold patterns.

    Commenting on the partnership, Papier’s founder Taymoor Atighetchi says: “we’re delighted to be collaborating with the V&A on this collection. It’s an exciting process to be able to work with an iconic institution that has so much design history. We were particularly drawn to Owen Jones and felt his designs would translate beautifully onto our products.”

    Lauren Sizeland, Head of Licensing & Business Development at the V&A, commented: “Papier’s innovative approach to stationery and the high product quality, are both a great fit for the V&A. Together, we have created a unique & beautiful collection, whilst enabling the customer to personalise products with their individual message or event. It is a really exciting new direction for us.”


 Products

  • Papier V&A Collection
    A unique range of over 100 customisable products including stationery, notebooks and wedding invitations....

  • Online stationer, Papier, has collaborated with the Victoria and Albert Museum to produce a unique and beautiful collection of stationery inspired by the work of architect and designer, Owen Jones (1809-74). 

    This collaboration reflects Papier’s British sensibilities along with the brand’s passion for unique and original design. Owen Jones was known for his theories on colour, pattern and ornamentation. Two hundred years after his birth, Jones's theories continue to resonate.

    In his search for a modern style, unique to the 19th century, he found inspiration from across the world. Embarking on his Grand Tour at the age of 23, he sought the best examples of ornament and decoration from other cultures and other periods. The V&A holds a comprehensive collection of Owen Jones’ work and Papier had full access to it in order to create these eye-catching designs and bold patterns.


  • Knomo V&A Collection
    British brand KNOMO collaborates with the V&A to create an Art Deco inspired accessories collection, that comprises 3 bag styles: a Totepack, a Backpack and a Briefcase, plus a Carry-all Pouch, and a Foldable Shopper....

  • Inspired by travel in the 1920s and 30s, and bridging the worlds of technology and travel in one range, the world-renowned Victoria and Albert Museum and global accessories brand KNOMO have created a collection that uses an original print from the 1920s, housed in the Museum’s archives. 

    KNOMO’s treatment of the classic design sees the pattern adapted to create a bold, modern graphic print that picks up on key print directions emerging from the catwalk for Autumn/Winter 2017. The print is based on an original 1920s textile associated with Art Deco from the Museum’s archive and the pattern’s strong undulating arches are an expression of modernity and give the illusion of movement, evoking the heyday of the great ocean liners, jazz bands and Charleston dancers.

     Knomo have identified a need for great bags and accessories that meet modern needs, including clever organiser pockets, protection for tech devices and power to keep devices charged - all with thoughtful design that’s lightweight, easy to carry and stylish. Inside each product from the collection are a number of organisational pockets and compartments, ready to hold all travel essentials such as passport, Knomo portable battery and Knomo travel adaptor, along with a laptop or tablet and other belongings.

    Launching for sale in-store in August 2017 in UK, Europe and USA at selected stockists and online.  

  • India Jane V&A Collection
    India Jane's V&A Collection includes lighting, decorative ceramics, drinking glasses, cushions and decorative trays, inspired by the V&A's extensive archives....

  • India Jane's V&A Collection draws on the V&A archives for its range of decoratives homewares, with patterns inspired by 18th and 19th century fabrics, Chinoiserie and botanical drawings. Botanical and animal prints swirl across lamp bases, cushions, planters, ceramic bowls, boxes and jars.
  • Arley House V&A Collection
    Arley House collaborate on luxury furnishing fabrics and cushion collections....

  • Luxury furnishing textiles brand Arley House are collaborating with the V&A on a collection of cotton/linen furnishing fabrics and cushions.

    The design shown here, Orinoco, revitalises a pattern of graceful, colourful birds from the archive through the dramatic use of colour.

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