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Prospect recommends: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design at the V&A

By A S H Smyth  

Escapades in etymology

You might have thought we would hear less about the much-vaunted design economy in these chastened times. This V&A show, however, chooses to focus not on the sleek mainstream, where design aspires to furnish “Cool Britannia,” but on contemporary design’s most eccentric outpost, design art.

The objects in this show—wardrobes, chairs, consoles, lanterns, chandeliers, tables, sofas, mirrors, vases and even bathtubs—take function as merely the starting point for extended forays into fantasy, history and cultural anthropology.…

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