Prior to the Bouroullec’s intervention, the concession to furniture in the V&A’s Raphael gallery was minimal: four angular benches marooned along the centre line of the colossal court offered stiff respite. For a few days during the London Design Festival, much of the 600 sq meter mosaic floor will be taken up by ‘Textile Field,’ a softly sculpted platform 30 meters long and 8 meters wide.
Textile Field is typical of the Bouroullecs in that it is playful and open ended, a sensual space for the user’s imagination: quite literally a vast field for museum visitors to make their own. Ronan Bouroullec describes the atmosphere they envisage as ‘lascivious reverie, a more sensual experience in which you are a little bit more open to be touched, to dream’.
Colour is another important aspect of the Bouroullecs’ work, and Textile Field brings a totally different colour experience to the Raphael Gallery. It is composed of 13 shades of Kvadrat’s Hallingdal fabric; arranged in bands of greys, green blues, blues, blue greens and greens that blend across the 30-meter stretch.