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designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed The Textile Field in collaboration with Kvadrat for the 2011 London Design Festival.  their installation is located within the Victoria and Albert Museum – providing a comfortable space for people to lounge inside the museum.  the giant textile is about 30 meters long and 8 meters wide.  prior to the creation of the Textile Field, there were hardly any places to sit and enjoy the surrounding gallery.  having no benches or seating areas seriously limits the time one can spend standing and staring at the art.

not only are the designers transforming the room into a more relaxing setting, they’re also bringing bright colors to the room.  there are 13 different shades of grays, blues, and greens that reflect some of the colors seen in the surrounding paintings.  Ronan and Erwan are changing the way people approach the art that is already in the museum.  famous and well-known museums can often give off the sterile feeling that you’re doing something wrong with all those guards staring at you, it’s not the most inviting environment.

another cool thing is that you are expected to stay and relax for however long you please – an hour, a minute, even two hours! they just want people to feel comfortable experiencing the art – and by the looks and sounds of the feedback people are excited about it.  Ronan and Erwan give people the opportunity to lounge in a museum – even if it will only last for a short while. would you feel differently about an art gallery or museum that was covered in a comfy carpet?

– smiley

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