Green Room at V&A 17.09.16 - 25.09.16


As part of the London Design Festival studio Glithero presents the Green Room, a monumental installation at the V&A in partnership with luxury watchmaker Panerai. Taking the watchmaker’s central premise of ‘time’ as the inspiration, Glithero has created a kinetic piece that changes our perceptions of what a clock can be. The Green Room consist a cylindrical curtain made up of 160 multicoloured silicone cords that wrap around a six storey stairwell on the west side of the museum. The stairwell in the V&A is a dramatic space that benefits from a tall classical domed ceiling and plentiful daylight thanks to its large windows. Taking full advantage of the stairwell’s 17.5 metre drop, the silicone cords are looped over a 3.2 metre-diameter ring that’s clearly visible for all to see within the stairwell’s dome. Each cord is connected to a central rotating cam arm that turns at a rate of one revolution per minute. One by one the strings are lifted, slowly rising 2.5 metres from their starting point before returning back down again, creating the effect of parabolic motion. The result is an immersive wave of colour that is first encountered at ground level, just a little over head height. The installation is named after a term used by surfers to describe the moment of being within the barrel of a wave. 


Supported by Panerai

Part of London Design Festival


Exhibition Schedule


Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Rd, London

Brompton Design District


17.09.16 - 25.09.16

Monday to Sunday from 10am-5.45pm

Friday 10am-10pm


Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren will give a tour about the Green Room on Wednesday the 21st of September from 1pm-1.30pm in the V&A.

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