Transmission by Ross Lovegrove




10am-5.45pm, All days except Friday. 10am-10pm Friday.

Tapestries, Room 94, Victoria and Albert Museum


Transmission is a 21.3 meters long fluid sculpture of folded material. Presented by Alcantara®, Ross Lovegrove’s installation is an intuitive and evocative response towards the immersive physical atmosphere of the V&A’s tapestry room.

‘My installation is an intuitive emotional response towards the immersive physical impact of the works within the space. Transmission is the three-dimensionalisation of the two-dimensional tapestries into a single, sculptural, tactile fold.’ (Ross Lovegrove)

Transmission is highlighted by a fluid and elegant merging between the colour saturation of the Alcantara® material, its digital printing, and digitally generated embroidery. The structured chiaroscuro of the tapestries is here translated into the soft undulating folds of the installation itself. Gold and silver thread will be used to capture the existing light in the space and reveal the line of the form, whilst the aged dyes within the tapestries have been faithfully replicated and morphed into a new digital skin (created by London based artist Ila Bo).

Alcantara® is one of the best alternatives to animal based textiles that have been developed. Without losing any aesthetic qualities, it brings a range of subtle and extraordinary tactile features. For this particular installation project, the reasons behind the choice of Alcantara® are found in its sophisticated softness and gentleness. Not only being also a sound absorbent material, it is also an incredible host for the application of 2D and 3D contemporary methods of achieving surfaces.

CEO of Alcantara®, Mr Boragno explains, “We are very pleased to work with London Design Festival, and showcase the beauty of Alcantara® in the internationally renowned Tapestry Gallery at the V&A in London, the official Festival hub. We are delighted to be working with Ross Lovegrove for a second occasion, to celebrate the best of British design and Italian innovation. Design is central to Alcantara® and we relish the opportunity to be involved in this year’s 2017 Festival.”

Event Location


Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road


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South Kensington

Ross Lovegrove

Ross Lovegrove is a designer and visionary who's work is considered to be at the very apex of stimulating a profound change in the physicality of our three dimensional world. Inspired by the logic and beauty of nature his design possesses a trinity between technology, materials science and intelligent organic form, creating what many industrial leaders see as the new aesthetic expression for the 21st century. There is always embedded a deeply human and resourceful approach to his designs, which project an optimism, and innovative vitality in everything he touches from cameras to cars to trains, aviation and architecture.


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