The V&A is the world’s largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over 2.27 million objects. The Museum engaged award winning designers, dn&co, to design a new wayfinding scheme to help guide visitors through its vast 145 galleries. We won a competitive tender to supply the signage for the entire scheme throughout this iconic building.
Work has already started to manufacture and install over 400 directional signs. A combination of hanging signs, totems and projecting directional signage will be finished in beautiful tulip wood veneer, which has been dyed black. This will give a stunning, contemporary feel to the new wayfinding scheme.
When the Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852, the buildings were intended to represent the best of contemporary architecture and design. Victorian parts of the building have a complex history, with additions made by different architects over the years. Many of the wall and ceiling materials were unknown to us, so we had to research and create multiple bespoke fixings that both protected the fabric of the listed building and made it safe for visitors.
Working in such a beautiful listed building has its challenges. Not only is it large and sprawling, but the daily influx of visitors from far and wide means we’re installing the signage when the Museum is closed.
We can’t wait to showcase the finished project.