The Victoria & Albert Museum’s curator of furniture Gareth Williams has decamped to the Royal College of Art to become its senior tutor in product design.
Williams says he hopes to bring a ‘different perspective’ to the course through his experience as a curator. He claims that his interests now lie firmly in the area of product design, ‘rather than what museums do’, but adds that it ‘felt right’ moving to the RCA as a sister organisation to the V&A.
This summer the V&A will host Williams’ final show for the museum, Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design. The exhibition shares a title with Williams’ latest book, which is due for publication in June.
Telling Tales will bring together about 50 works by international designers including Tord Boontje, Maarten Baas, Jurgen Bey, Studio Job, Fredrikson Stallard and Luc Merx.
Williams worked with exhibition design group Nissen Adams and lighting designer Zerline Hughes on the show, arranging it into three sections: fantasy and nature, the enchanted castle and heaven and hell.
Williams’ educational background includes a BA in English and Drama and an MA in Russian from Hull and Sussex universities. Williams has spent 18 years building up the V&A’s permanent collection of 20th century and contemporary furniture.
Telling Tales runs at the V&A from 14 July to 18 October.