Closer Look talk - Architects' Designs for Furniture

Closer Look talk - Architects' Designs for Furniture

Closer Look talk with Charles Hind

Closer Look talk with Charles Hind (centre)

Design for dining room and wall by Edward William Godwin (left), and elevation of Madame Recamier's bedroom drawn by Sir Robert Smirke (right)

Design for dining room and wall by Edward William Godwin (left), and elevation of Madame Recamier's bedroom drawn by Sir Robert Smirke (right)

A chance to meet the curators
The series of Closer Look talks are free and a chance for curious members of the public to handle original drawings from the collections of the RIBA. It’s also a unique opportunity for the public to ask curators questions about the material, though in today’s lunchtime talk the questions also covered the origins of the architectural profession and the depiction of architects in Martin Chuzzlewit!

Closer Look talks
A room full of people (among them were practicing architects and students) and a table covered in original drawings from the late 16th century to the present day was the scene of today’s talk from the Drawings and Archives Collections. Using the drawings from the collections Charles Hind (Curator of Drawings, Drawings and Archives Collections) discussed the role of architects in designing interior furniture.

When’s the next talk?
The curators from the collections give regular talks on a wide variety of architectural themes, check the listings in What’s On to find out about all the latest events from the RIBA. There is a talk on 9th June 2011 about 19th-century photographs from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection at 66 Portland Place, this event  is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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1 Comment
  1. Jonathan

    May 12, 2011

    Our Oxford Architects loved these talks! They provided great value about architecture.

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