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History and Development of Modern Furniture


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Tower 505

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A survey of the craft and form of furniture over the past 50 years. Topics include the development of styles and their sources, as well as the evolution and organization of furniture manufacture, from early joinery to the emergence of cabinetmaking techniques, to the development of machine technologies, and the re-emergence of craft within the studio furniture movement as well as the emergence of hybrid manufacturing and the impact of the effects of globalization on the craft and industry of furniture making.

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Barbara Ward has been the director and curator of Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, a national historic landmark in Portsmouth, NH, for more than ten years and formerly taught furniture history at the University of Delaware in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. She has edited and contributed to numerous publications, including the Encyclopedia of … Read more