Timber Wave by AL_A at the V&A


What a greeting to the V&A this Design Week.


This wave is a lovely piece of decorative architecture, and uses furniture making processes despite its large scale. I hope this piece will herald the beginning of a trend of algorithm inspired sculpture and architecture in London. These forms are timeless.

However, somehow when I saw it I was a little disappointed. I had heard it talked up by a few people and it didn’t match the scale that I imagined it at. If you go to the V&A soon, try to forget it’s there and it will be a pleasant surprise. It’s not quite worth making a trip there just for this piece unless you are specifically interested in architecture and curving wood processes (I think they used steam bending).

You can just about read the accompanying text in this image. The wave will be in place until 15th October. Hopefully we’ll see it again in a shopping centre or perhaps in the Natural History Museum… it would complement the dinosaur bones!

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