Symposium | Architect as Furniture Designer

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on February 11, 2013

From RIBA:

Symposium of the Furniture History Society: The Architect as Furniture Designer
The Wallace Collection, London, 9 March 2013

FlyerThe 37th Annual Symposium of the Furniture History Society in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects

The subject of architects designing furniture, for their own buildings or for commercial sale, was first investigated by Charles Handley-Read in the 1960s in his researches into 19th-century architects and interiors. However, there have been few attempts to take a broad look at the subject since the exhibition and associated catalogue by Jill Lever in the RIBA Heinz Gallery in 1982.

This symposium brings together a number of distinguished scholars and curators to speak on architects from the 18th century to the 21st century and their moveable contributions to the interiors of their buildings. The sessions will be chaired by Charles Hind, Chief Curator, RIBA Library and Julius Bryant, Keeper of the Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum.


Susan Weber (Director, Bard Graduate Center, New York), The Furniture of William Kent
John Harris (Curator Emeritus, Drawings Collection, RIBA Library), Sir William Chambers and the French Connection
James Yorke (Furniture Historian), H.W. Inwood (1794-1843), the Erectheion and the Grecian Furniture of St Pancras Church
Max Donnelly (Curator of 19th-Century Furniture, Victoria and Albert Museum), John Pollard Seddon and the Medieval Court of 1862
Matthew Williams (Curator, Cardiff Castle), William Burges and the Marquess of Bute: The Furniture at Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch
Irena Murray (Sir Banister Fletcher Director and Research Director, British Architectural Library), Modern Movement Furniture in Central Europe between the Two World Wars
Alan Powers (School of Architecture, Design and Construction, University of Greenwich), The Furniture of Raymond Erith (1904-73)
Abraham Thomas (Curator of Designs, Victoria and Albert Museum), Contemporary Architects and Limited Edition Furniture

Tickets must be purchased in advance and early booking is recommended. Fee: £40 for FHS and RIBA members (£35 for FHS / RIBA student members and FHS / RIBA OAP’s) All non-members £45.Ticket price includes morning coffee and afternoon tea. A light lunch will be available for FHS members in the Meeting Room at the Wallace Collection at a cost of £20 to include a glass of wine. Tickets for lunch must be purchased at least 7 days in advance from the Events Secretary. The Wallace Collection Restaurant will be open for bookings (Tel: 0207 563 9505) and there are plenty of local cafes/restaurants. All ticket bookings must be made via the Events Secretary, e-mail events@furniturehistorysociety.org, www. furniturehistorysociety.org.

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