Carousel Wall by David David and Johnson Tiles

V&A Project

13 — 21 Sept 2014

Architecture / Landscape, Urban Design, Materials

Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road



A collaboration between London-based print and design studio David David and British manufacturer Johnson Tiles, Carousel Wall saw the inside walls of the V&A’s Tunnel entrance covered in bold geometric shapes and bright shades for the London Design Festival.

“We are always keen to support rising creative talent in Britain, so we were excited by the opportunity to work with the designers behind David David,” said Darren Clanford, Creative Director at Johnson Tiles.“ Their signature use of bold colours and patterns is perfectly suited to our vibrant new Prismatics range and we have relished the challenge of recreating their work in such an inspiring place as the V&A.” Visitors were greeted by a dazzling display of pattern and colour as they walked through a 50 square meters mural installation, made up of tiled ceramic panels displayed vertically on two walls of the tunnel. Based on an adaptation of Carousel (2011), the Jameel Prize-nominated artwork by David David co-founder David Saunders, the installation was inspired by Islamic geometrics interpreted through modern British production techniques. “Our previous work has included designing for everything from handbags, umbrellas and clothing to furniture, art prints and homeware,” said David David co-founder Michael Sawdayee; “but producing work on such a large scale using ceramic tiles has been very much a new challenge. We are proud that it will be viewed by so many people passing through the V&A during the Festival.” Supported by Johnson Tiles.