History & Heritage – 70 YEARS OF LAND ROVER MATERIAL INNOVATION AT THE LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM
Displaying the 70 Years of Land Rover Material Innovation at the London Design Museum
Land Rover and the London Design Museum are inviting visitors to take a seat to commemorate 70 years of the Land Rover brand. Also, know as the Design Museum a home to every item that brought an industrial revolution in its own right. Curating fashion and its used materials to architectural design and industrial, graphics. Now celebrating the very essence of Britsh hallmark motoring piece – the Land Rover’s material innovation which started from the very beginning of the company formation back in 1948 with the introduction of Land Rover Series I.
Land Rover being famous for making SUV since the world started to turn. Making solid vehicles to support the British Army requires long-lasting materials. Then coping with the rugged environment where Landys can go for the off-roading excursion needed sturdier materials. Then to suite lords to serve them with luxury and opulence. The atrium seating at the London museum has been re-upholstered with 18 original materials used in Land Rovers from 1948 to 2018 for the Material Innovation installation.
Visitors can visit to discover and experience the different qualities of these authentic fabrics – a change from the usual ‘don’t touch’ rule at museums.
They include the original fabric from the first Land Rover (1948), the cloth designed with Sir Paul Smith for his special edition Land Rover Defender (2015) and an innovative, sustainable textile developed by Kvadrat for the Range Rover Velar (2017) as a premium alternative to leather.
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, said: “The Land Rover is one of the great design success stories. This installation is a great opportunity for our visitors to see seven decades of new thinking about textiles in the context of vehicle design. And this is one part of the museum where we are definitely saying please touch.”
Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Land Rover materials and fabrics are rigorously tested to meet the exacting standards of our customers. This installation reflects the history of our seating from cloth to leather and includes our latest technical materials from Kvadrat in the new Range Rover Velar.”