One is the world’s largest museum of art and design, the other is an entrepreneurial company specialising in creative living homewares, design and gifts. Last week in the breathtakingly beautiful Gamble Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, press, designers and buyers were invited to tea to celebrate the three year collaboration of these creative forces and preview Creative Tops new collection of V&A inspired tableware.
The collections of fine bone china pieces, that began as individual mugs, to four bespoke, co-ordinated collections and now blossomed into the complete tableware settings on display, feature designs and patterns inspired by collections at the V&A, home to a wealth of artefacts, exhibitions and archives the museum has long been a source of inspiration to the worlds of fashion and design.
One of the dresses from the V&A that inspired the tableware patterns.
Tea and Cupcakes at the V&A
With china patterns inspired and adapted from 50’s dresses to Victorian silk each piece represents the past, present and future of the V&A, with revenue from the collaboration put back into the work of the museum, preserving collections, curating new exhibitions, promoting programmes and access to creativity. A fashionably worthy cause.
Text: MARISSA BAXTER
Images: MARISSA BAXTER / courtesy of Creative Tops