Fantasy & Fear in Contemporary Design

Fantasy & Fear in Contemporary Design

Rachael Grad
Oct 5, 2009

We're fascinated by the surreal photos of "Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design" — an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The exhibition presents recent European furniture and home product designs that are unique or only available in limited editions. Items qualify as both art and design and are grouped into three sections: The Forest Glade, The Enchanted Castle, and Heaven & Hell.

Items in The Forest Glade are fantastical and evoke the fairytale spirit. The Enchanted Castle section exaggerates and parodies historical design styles associated with status. Heaven and Hell shows items that echo concerns of mortality and the afterlife. What do you think of the design pieces?

See more of the exhibition on the Victoria and Alberta Museum website.

Images: Victoria and Alberta Museum website and Design Boom

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