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WHAT IS LUXURY?

Curated by the V&A and Crafts Council, What is Luxury? will explore the concept of luxury and showcase luxurious items from the past, present and future.

Opening this weekend the exhibition will present over 100 objects that aim to challenge the way we think about luxury. The show will present exceptional examples of contemporary design and craftsmanship alongside conceptual projects which interrogate fundamental ideas of luxury, its production and future. From a diamond made from road kill to a vending machine stocked with DNA, a golden crown for ecclesiastical use to traditional military tailoring, objects will address how luxury is made and understood in a physical, conceptual and cultural capacity.

What is Luxury? will also consider time and space as fundamental aspects constituting luxury, especially within a 21st–century urban context. The exhibition will speculate about the future of luxury by presenting a range of design and art projects which interrogate relationships between luxury, value and materials. Through the movement from more traditional explanations of luxury to conceptual projects, the show aims to take visitors on a journey and prompt them to consider what luxury means and how it relates to their own lives.

What is Luxury?
25 April – 27 September 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum, London