Sir Terrence Conran challenges top designers to create their ultimate pieces for the Victoria and Albert Museum
Benchmark Furniture co-founder and design icon Sir Terence Conran teamed up with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) for the London Design Festival 2014, tasking a crop of creative luminaries to whip up their ultimate design wish list, which was then showcased at the V&A during the festival. The project first began when Conran pitched this question to friends: ‘What have you always wanted in your home, but never been able to find?’ Of course, the Design Museum-founder counts some of the design and architecture world’s starriest names among his acquaintances. These top minds took a host of up-and-coming names under their wings to realise products for ‘The Wish List’, all crafted from American hardwood. Alex de Rijke tasked Barnby & Day with creating a dining table; Norman Foster challenged Norie Matsumoto to create the perfect pencil sharpener; Allen Jones wished for a chaise longue by Lola Lely; and Zaha Hadid asked Gareth Neal to condense his furniture design vision into tableware. Meanwhile, John Pawson turned to sister duo Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer of design studio Areti to concoct a trio of items: a triangular shelf, slanted door and a hook.