History of Interior Styles and Furniture - Baroque to Mid-Century Modern

Gain an understanding of key historical styles and furniture, learn how contemporary furniture is often influenced by historical styles, and explore how to incorporate antiques into contemporary interiors in a hands-on workshop.

Many people are confused about how to “read” antiques – is the object you’re looking at English, French, 20th century, Art Deco, Art Nouveau? With increasing attention being paid to sustainability, antiques are once again high on the interior design agenda. This course will demystify historical interior styles and furniture and illustrate how contemporary furniture designs are frequently influenced by historic designs. The day includes a hands-on antiques styling workshop for a contemporary interior and an afternoon guided visit to the furniture galleries at the V&A with an antiques specialist.

Topics covered:

  • The key characteristics of English and French antiques styles from the 17th century to the mid-20th century
  • How modern furniture and lighting is frequently influenced by historical styles
  • How interior designers incorporate antiques into contemporary interiors
  • How to incorporate antiques into a contemporary interior in a hands-on workshop
  • Top places to source antiques
  • How to use the furniture galleries at the V&A for historical style research and inspiration.

Course Outcomes:

  • Understanding the key design elements of the major English and French historical styles from Baroque to Mid-Century Modern
  • Understanding the importance of historical design elements in contemporary furniture
  • Learn how to effectively use the V&A for historical style research and inspiration
  • Understanding how to apply key interior design principles to help you use antiques effectively in contemporary interiors
  • Creation of contemporary design scheme incorporating antiques.

What's included:

  • All materials for this course are included in the course fee
  • Breakfast refreshments and a delicious light lunch will be provided. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.
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