A celebration set to last for an entire year, titled ‘Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture’, is now taking place throughout Massachusetts.
Ten of the museums in the US state have collaborated to produce exhibitions, authentic craftsman demonstrations and lectures to bring the history of antique furniture alive.
The Winterthur Museum’s professor of American decorative arts, Brock Jobe, says that he is addicted to furniture, along with his colleagues who have organised the twelve month celebration.
According to Jobe, over 150 million items of antique furniture have been crafted in Massachusetts during the last four centuries. Another appreciator is Dennis Fiori, the president of the Massachusetts Historical Society. His favourite piece of furniture is an arts and crafts bookcase and cabinet, probably designed by H. H. Richardson.
In addition to the exhibitions that will be taking place during the next 12 months, demonstrations will be available at the North Bennet Street School, a 135-year-old institution where students are taught how to hand craft a piece of furniture using the traditional methods. The president of the school, Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, says that although the demand for antique chairs is limited, students will easily be able to make a modern chair.
The school’s students demonstrate that many people still prefer to have unique or custom designed furniture for their homes, rather than buying items from a standard retail outlet.
In the UK, those interested in giving their home décor a unique flavour can buy Arts & Crafts furniture in Lancashire and the surrounding region.
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