V&A release first ever furniture collaboration

Love decadent florals, vibrant colours, and beautifully crafted furniture? Then the V&A's recent collaboration with Sofa Workshop is for you

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Originally opened as a celebration of British design and as a way of making art available to all, the V&A’s recent collaboration with industry experts Sofa Workshop continues this legacy by enabling you to bring the richest and most opulent designs from the archives of the world’s leading art and design museums into your home. 

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Thurloe Chair in Luna Blossom, £1,499 with scatters in Love Birds Cerise, Sofa Workshop X V&A

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‘A great deal of consideration and skill has been applied to every piece, from the selection of the archive inspiration for the shapes and the fabrics, to the incredible expertise of the upholsterers in the workshop’

Lauren Sizeland, Head of Licensing, V&A

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Shaftesbury Chair in Dusky Capri with Scatter cushion in Kaleidoscope, £1,599, Sofa Workshop X V&A

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Inspired by the V&A’s rich archives in the first ever furniture collection by the museum, the craftspeople of British-based sofa maker Sofa Workshop have reworked original shapes to create three new living room suites in six exclusive fabric designs which beautifully unite the past with the present. 

Six fabric designs inspired by the V&A archives

Whether your style is bold and beautiful or elegant and demure there’s a style to suit your taste ranging from the Thurloe Chair in Luna Blossom to the vibrant Love Birds and Morton’s Marble prints. 

‘At the heart of the exclusive, archive-inspired collection is a passion and commitment to British design and craftsmanship. There is a huge amount of expertise behind the collaboration from initial archive research through to finished design,’ says Megan Holloway, marketing manager, Sofa Workshop.

Alongside the six fabric designs, the craftspeople at Sofa Workshop have reworked the original shapes of the Shaftesbury chair, Thurloe sofa, chair and stool and the Walpole sofa to create traditional shapes that are appealing to the modern customer. 

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Thurloe Sofa in Love Birds Saffron, £2,999, Sofa Workshop X V&A

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‘It’s been a pleasure to work so closely with the V&A team to bring this collection to life. Each fabric design has been lovingly recreated from the original subject and the furniture shapes engineered from the group up in our British workshop,’ continues Holloway. ‘It’s an opportunity to create your own modern masterpiece at home and buy into a beautiful piece of British design and promises to elevate any room.’

The range is now in-store, but you can have a peek at the Look Book now. 

Green patterned sofa in grey room with wooden floor and yellow footstool

Walpole Sofa in Morton's Marble Charcoal £3,199 and Walpole Footstool in Morton's Marble Mustard, £699, Sofa Workshop X V&A

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Holly Reaney
Holly is Sub-editor and Features Writer for Period Living. She is busy putting her stamp on a pre-furnished flat by making cushions and upcycling second-hand finds.