The Architect as Furniture Designer


March 9 2013 • 10.00am
to 5.00pm



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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.




£40 for Furniture History Society and RIBA members (£35 for FHS / RIBA student members and FHS / RIBA OAP's). All non-members £45. Tickets must be purchased in advance and early booking is recommended.

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. 







Design for a sideboard

E.W Godwin, Design for a sideboard for Dropmore Castle, Co.Limerick, c.1869. 

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