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A collection of videos on furniture making techniques

Video: The Panton Chair

This video shows the making of a Panton Chair. The Panton stacking chair was designed in 1960 by Verner Panton. In 1967 the furniture company Vitra marketed a version in fibreglass. The more recent model shown here is made out of injection-moulded plastic.

Video: Boulle Marquetry

Boulle Marquetry refers to the inlay techniques developed by the French craftsman Andre Charle Boulle in the 17th century.

Video: The Dovetail Joint

The dovetail joint is a strong, interlocking joint often used in drawer construction.

Video: The Fractal Table

The Fractal Table is based on the distinctive branching form of the dragon tree. The growth patterns of the tree are developed into a design based on mathematical algorithms. The table is made using a digital 3-D ‘printing’ process controlled by computer.

Video: The Branca Chair

This video shows the making of the Branca chair. Its design is inspired by the branches of a tree. In Italian ‘branca’ means branch.

Video: Mortise-and-Tenon Joint

The mortise-and-tenon joint is used to join two pieces of wood together.  It is a strong and simple joint. A mortise is a hole in the piece of wood and the tenon fits inside this. This video shows a tenon being cut.

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The Furniture Machine: Furniture Since 1990

The Furniture Machine: Furniture Since 1990

Contemporary furniture design has enjoyed growing popularity in the last fifteen years, both in Britain and internationally. The Furniture Machine loo…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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Event - Creating a Cabinet for the Europe Galleries

Fri 22 January 2016 15:00–16:00

Throughout history, a cabinet could be a piece of furniture with many compartments or a private room. Both were used to house personal collections of precious objects.

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