Monday, November 30, 2009

Victoria & Albert Café (March 7, 2008)

One of the things I love about London (and that I've mentioned in previous blog posts) is the apparent ability of its planners, architects and residents to work with the historic and the modern together, in ways that diminish neither, and allow some new style to emerge. In some ways London feels like the ultimate Steampunk City.

This picture, taken in the Cafeteria of the V&A (as it's colloquially called), provides an example of the kind of thing I'm referring to. The café had been tastefully constructed into the existing building (nearby toilets were also more or less in their original state) while also incorporating, as the dining/seating area, what appeared to be existing salon or dining room (in which this picture was taken). The huge lamps were one of the new additions that I thought worked unexpectedly well in this setting.

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