About this course

From the Baroque to Modern – design and development of furniture. This one day course is part of our interior design history series.

Course Description

This session introduces the key eras in European furniture design, with a focus on examples that can easily be seen in London collections and auction houses. We will start with the grandeur of the Baroque era before moving on to the elegance of Georgian furniture, breaking down the different phases of what is actually a broad period. We will then see how industrialisation in the 19th century fuelled eclecticism before designers returned to principles of simplicity and truth to nature, eventually rejecting ornament and history all together.

Afternoon session:

Inspirational visit: The V&A Museum

The V&A Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design. It provides an unrivalled opportunity to trace important developments in furniture and taste from 1600 to the present. We will use the British Galleries to discuss stunning examples of craftsmanship, from a humble bookcase that was the first of its kind to the show-stopping exhibition pieces of the Victorian era. Apply and consolidate your new knowledge from the morning session.

Course outcomes:

An overview of key furniture styles and makers

Confidence to talk about forms, materials and techniques

An understanding of the colonial contexts behind innovations

Ideas for styling with antiques

Tips on sourcing and buying antiques.


This course takes place in London.

9.30am arrival on the day.

Teaching hours 10.00am - 4.00pm

Course Materials

Additional information

Breakfast refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. While a vegetarian option is made available, we are unable to cater to specific food intolerances or food allergies.


Francesca Herrick

Francesca Herrick is the module leader in Historical and Critical studies at the KLC School of Design.

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