Rory Hyde 

Rapid Response Collecting

V&A, London, 2013 - ongoing


Rapid Response Collecting is a new strand to the V&A’s collecting activity. Objects are collected in timely response to major moments in history that touch the world of design and manufacturing. Each acquisition raises different questions about globalisation, popular culture, political and social change, demographics, technology, regulation or the law.

This ongoing display, which changes each time a new object is collected, shows how design reflects and defines how we live together today.

Conceived by Corinna Gardner and Kieran Long


A history of now, found in politically charged objects, New York Times

The V&A looks outwards, Guardian

The V&A gains a pussyhat, The New Yorker

Very important objects, The New Yorker

The surprise objects finding a home in the V&A, Financial Times

Rapid Response Collecting at the V&A, Disegno