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Fashionable and Functional: A History of Furniture

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    Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre

8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Explore the fascinating history of European furniture, using objects, resources and expertise featured in the V&A’s furniture gallery, the only gallery in the world that is devoted to a comprehensive display of furniture from 1500 to the present day.

The course will examine core techniques including joinery, veneering, marquetry and inlay, upholstery and gilding, as well as the work of key makers such as Chippendale, Pugin and Charles Eames. It will also explore the different forms and functions of furniture - from Renaissance buffets to 1960s conversation pits - and the ways in which they have reflected people’s status, preoccupations and lifestyles.

Course Leaders: Philippa Barton, Catherine Parry-Wingfield and Christine Lalumia

8 weeks, Fridays, 10 January – 14 March 2014
(Half Term: 21 & 28 February), 10.30–13.00
£270, £230 concessions

Book online or by calling 020 7942 2211

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