Warning! Spoiler alert! If you’re planning to go to see Japanese Design Studio nendo’s mimicry chairs at the Victoria & Albert Museum and want to discover them for yourself watch out because this post has photos of the full set. If you do go (and you’ll have to be quick as they are part of the London Design Festival which ends on the 23rd September) here’s some advice:
1. Get the map. Not the V&A map, the London Design Festival map which you get at the group entrance on Exhibition Road. It shows you where all the chairs are located. Without it you’ll be a pile of yellowing bones before you find them all.
2. There aren’t as many as they say there are. The map and the signs number them from one to eleven but, as the kind man at the desk told me, some of them didn’t work in the setting and have been removed. If you want to know which ones are missing, scroll to the end of the post.
3. What’s it about? nendo has created a simple white chair made of pressed and punched metal with a ghostly appearance. It is modified in each location to mimic the space and the objects around it.
Mimicry chairs 1 is in the Cromwell Road entrance. As you can see, it’s above your head. I spent several minutes looking for it on the ground before the penny dropped.