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Exquisite Backpacks and Leather Table Tennis Racquets: A New Look for Luxury?

Cleaving Silver by ECAL/JinSik Kim, a series of containers made from silver and stone that are part of the ECAL exhibition "Dialogues in Design & Craftsmanship" at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Images with marble by Jonas Marguet; al
Cleaving Silver by ECAL/JinSik Kim, a series of containers made from silver and stone that are part of the ECAL exhibition "Dialogues in Design & Craftsmanship" at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Images with marble by Jonas Marguet; al

The concept of luxury can be a slippery one, an ideal constantly redefined by materials, meaning, money, and increasingly, technology. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has been exploring what high brow means for the last few months as part of an exhibition called "What is Luxury?", a contemporary exploration of the topic that runs through the end of the month. With London Design week in full swing, curators recently added new voices to the dialogue about where concepts of luxury may be headed. "Dialogues in Design and Craftsmanship," a new show up through September 27, paired students from ECAL, a renowned Swiss design school, with artisans who work for heritage brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Hermès and Baccarat. The resulting works played with notions of product design, creating reflective tableware from silver and stone and unique applications of lightweight materials such as crystal. Taken together, the objects offer a unique array of textures that provide a new, more playful spin on supposedly stodgy concepts of crafts.


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