If I'm honest, whenever I go to a museum or gallery, it's the gift shop I'm most excited about. In fact, if I'm really honest, once or twice, I may have gone to a museum and bypassed the museum bit altogether. Especially in the case of the V&A. That's not to berate the exhibitions, in fact, I cannot recommend the current British Design exhibition at the V&A highly enough. It's just that the V&A shop is particularly good. In fact, once you've seen the above mentioned exhibition, you can actually buy pieces from the exhibit for your very own home. British Design 1948 - 2012: Innovation in a Modern Age explores Traditionalism and Modernity, Subversion and Innovation and Creativity throughout three jam-packed galleries. One of the standout pieces of the Creativity exhibit was this colourful geometric chair by Glass Hill and David David, originally created for a retail space in the Saatchi Gallery. It's pricey at £1,500 but is hand-drawn by David David in pencil crayon.
More affordable at £450 and a real design classic is this Antelope Chair, part of the Traditionalism and Modernity exhibit (which looks at the Festival of Britain, for which this chair was created).
Another classic design, this time from the gallery exploring Subversion is the stackable Jack light from Tom Dixon (£250 and in a range of colours).
Also in the Subversion gallery, this mounted print of the handbill designed by Martin Walker during student protests in 1968 (£7.50).
Finally, the exhibition book makes a wonderful read (and an excellent addition to your coffee table). Available for £40 in hardback.
If you haven't been yet, do make a date to visit the British Design exhibition at the V&A before it closes on 12th August.