New V&A Members' Room combines heritage references with contemporary details
In a press release, the museum announces the opening of a new Members’ Room, a characteristic V&A mix of heritage, modernity and design ingenuity. "The innovative design by architects Carmody Groarke converts a magnificent top-lit gallery on the top floor of Aston Webb’s Grade I Listed 1909 wing into a beautiful new dedicated space for V&A Members, outfitted with bespoke designed furniture and fittings. Formerly a study room between 1916 – 21, and later the National Art Library offices, the transformation returns this room to its core principles as a place for contemplation, creative thought and enjoyment. Reinventing this vast space, the room brings cutting edge design together with contemporary furniture and interior decoration, whilst accentuating the qualities of the original building. Members are able to enjoy a full range of casual and formal dining options provided by Benugo with table service. The hospitality offers range from hot and cold breakfast options, dedicated lunch menu, kids’ choices for families, an all-day café offer including cakes, and cream teas, a bar, and for the first time, a Friday evening set menu."