French Furniture and Trends in Interior Design--Paris, 1650-1850

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

French Furniture

Spring 2020

Taught By: Sarah Lichtman

Section: A

CRN: 5575

Credits: 3

The course will investigate how the French capital of Paris became the pre-eminent European center for artistic production and trendsetter in the field of the decorative arts from the second half of the17th century to the beginning of the 19th century. The mainstream fashionable “Louis-styles”, which had a direct influence on design will be discussed in order to familiarize the students with each of their individual characteristics. But also new trends such as Rococo, Chinoiserie, Orientalism, Egyptian style, Anglomania and others will be presented in order to understand the defining ornament vocabulary of each and its impact on the fabrication of objects and furniture. The availability of new techniques and precious materials often coming from abroad or being directly linked to new scientific or industrial achievements had a strong influence on decorative arts production. Examples of objects in various media, which were made employing materials such as Silver, Steel, Porcelain, Glass, Mirrors and exotic woods, will be presented. Due to the influx of very highly skilled craftsmen migrating to Paris in order to find employment, the city became a major center for fine furniture making. French furniture production during this period is unique within Europe in that many pieces can often be identified as the work of individual masters whose workshops developed a personal style. The social evolution of the French lifestyle and the discovery of privacy led to the creation of many new models and types of furniture, which will be discussed in accordance with their original use and role in interiors. The well- documented royal furniture commissioned by furniture administration of the French court will be discussed as exemplars of craftsmanship and design. The seminar will focus on the stylistic evolution of French furniture. The course will be complemented by study sessions at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and possibly at the Metropolitan Museum.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:52am 8/18/2019

Meeting Info:

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Date Range: 3/26/2020 - 5/11/2020

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm

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Date Range: 3/26/2020 - 5/11/2020