V&A Ove Arup Exhibition Concept

The concept for V&A exhibition on Ove Arup’s life and work takes its inspiration from the extraordinary personality and unorthodox thinking of one of the world’s most influential engineer’s.

Useful Studio were invited by the V&A to generate an exhibition design proposal for “Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design”. The proposals were developed in collaboration with Thomas Matthews and Expedition Engineering.

The work of Arup, the man and the engineering business he created, inextricably links the arenas of thought and practice where the ‘personal universe’ of the mind has direct links into the practice of the studio. The exhibition content is therefore displayed as if in a design studio, using modular tables in varying widths and heights to accommodate exhibits. Above the design studio, a filigree installation of connected pathways held in tension evokes the idea for a great and expansive mind.

The exhibition is radially arranged to allow the visitor to be able to experience the exhibition content either chronologically, or to start in the centre and explore the exhibition by fluidly experiencing the objects and stories that they are personally drawn to.


V&A Museum, London