Designing and Making Furniture: examining the creative process from 1600 to 1950
1 November: 5pm-7.30pm (GMT) and 1pm-3.30pm (EDT) 8, 15, 22 and 29 November: 5pm-7.30pm (GMT) and 12 noon-2.30pm (EST)
Please note that for the first week, the start time for US ticketholders on the East Coast will be four hours behind the UK. Thereafter, the time difference will be five hours.
Join us online for a couple of hours every Wednesday throughout November, when curators and historians will consider the development of styles in Britain, from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century, by examining the creative process involved in making furniture. Speakers will look at how designs were devised and the impact of collaboration between different disciplines on the way concepts and ideas were realised and translated into objects. Guided by specialist speakers, the course will look at a wide range of examples of design and craftsmanship from almost 500 years of furniture making in Britain; from the influence of print designs on makers in the early seventeenth century to the mass-produced furniture of Charles and Ray Eames in the twentieth. Here’s an overview of the course programme:
Session One – 1st November
Early print sources and their influence on furniture makers
Speakers: Nick Humphrey, Catherine Doucette, Dr Amy Lim
Session Two – 8th November
Furniture makers interpreting design in the 18th century
Speakers: Katherine Hardwick, Annabelle Westman, Dr Megan Aldrich
Session Three – 15th November
Furniture makers, Designers and Architects in 18th century Britain
Speakers: Dr John Cross, Professor Jeremy Howard, Dr Kerry Bristol
Session Four – 22nd November
Stretching the imagination: furniture making in the 19th century
Speakers: Ellinor Gray, Dr Diana Davis, Clarissa Ward
Session 5 – 29th November
Innovation and modernity: the role of the designer in the 20th century
Speakers: William Lorimer, Matthew Winterbottom, Professor Pat Kirkham
Tickets may be bought for individual sessions or for the entire course, but you will benefit from a discount if all five sessions are bought together. Don’t worry if you cannot attend the sessions live because they will be recorded and links to the recording will be sent to ticketholders.
For further information and to purchase tickets please click here to travel straight to the Eventbrite page. FHS members and ECD members will receive a discount on all tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Ann Davies at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images from left to right:
- Detail of a design for a state bed by John Linnell (c. 1765), pen and ink, graphite, red, yellow and black watercolour. © V&A, London.
- Detail of an interior of a Library, from Nouveaux Liure da Partements, part of Œuvres du Sr. D. Marot. Etching (published 1703 or 1712). The Met. N.Y.
- Detail of a botany diagram to illustrate design lectures by Christopher Dresser (1854-6), pen and ink and watercolour. © V&A, London.
- Detail of a design for a commode by Robert Adam (c. 1777), pencil, pen and wash. © V&A, London.
We are grateful to the Foyle Foundation for their support.