Daily Archives 2nd November 2014

HAND-VENEERING WITH HIDE GLUES

Almost without exception all veneering of new work is now done with modern synthetic resin or casein glues—the latter may be considered a natural plastic—using cramping/clamping pressure. However, the traditional hand method of employing hot hide (Scotch) glue and a heated household iron is still extremely useful in the repair of valuable antique furniture and in situations where no cramping facilities are available, therefore the process is described in some detail, for in capable hands it can be done quickly and cheaply and its permanence is beyond question...

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BRITAIN

DURING THE FIRST HALF of the 1920s, most British furniture designers remained loyal to the principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement (see p.330), but occasionally used decorative elements inspired by French Art Deco in their work. One of London’s most successful retailers and manufacturers, Heal & Son, produced Arts and Crafts designs made from sycamore, oak, or limed oak, quietly embellished with some Art Deco features. The furniture was essentially machine-made but was finished by hand.

RESTRAINED STYLE Gordon Russell’s furniture designs of the 1920s exhibited the more traditional Art Deco style. He adopted motifs, such as sunbursts and chevrons, and used exotic materials such as ivory and macassar ebony...

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Advanced techniques 32 Veneering, marquetry and inlay

The art of veneering—and there is or should be considerable art in the selection and matching of veneers—is over 4000 years old; it is not in any sense a method of covering up shoddy workmanship or materials, as the strict dictionary definition would imply (to veneer: to gloss over, to cover up). Many rare and costly woods with wild, distorted or intrinsically weak grain cannot be used in solid form; moreover, the ever-increasing demand for carcass furniture would very soon deplete if not totally exhaust even the most common decorative hardwoods if they were consistently used in any thickness.

PREPARATION OF GROUNDWORKS OR SUBSTRATES, ETC.

Either solid or prefabricated woods (plywoods, particle board, etc...

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DECORATIVE HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS

Paying little regard to function, many product designers applied the soft

CURVES AND HORIZONTAL BANDING OF STREAMLINING TO A HOST OF HOUSEHOLD OBJECTS.

which would, in turn, stimulate the beleaguered economy. Raymond Loewy’s refrigerator design for Sears in 1934 embodied the style superbly, with its gently rounded corners and horizontal stripes. Many designers experimented with streamlined forms in tableware made of metal. Russel Wright broke new ground in 1931 with his cylindrical cocktail shaker and spherical cups made of spun chrome-plated pewter. Meanwhile, the chrome-plated brass “Normandie” water pitcher designed by German-born Peter Muller-Munk in 1935 emulated the shape of an ocean liner.

Every type of household object – from tableware to lamps an...

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STREAMLINING

SYMBOLIZING AN AGE OF PROGRESS, CHANGE, AND MODERNITY,

the streamlined forms of art deco helped to reinvigorate

The AMERICAN ECONOMY

COFFEE TABLE

This split-level coffee table by Donald Deskey has a large, rectangular Bakelite table top above a smaller, rectangular level. The two are supported on elegant, J-shaped nickel legs. c.1925. H:45.75cm (18in); W:71cm (28in); D:35.5cm (14in). MSM

STREAMLINED SOFA This sofa with end tables by Paul Frankl is made from black lacquer and black leather and has nickel-plated speed bands, derived from the “speed whiskers” that often decorated trains and cars. H:127cm (50in); W:223.5cm (88in). MSM

ART MODERNE, AS THE AMERICAN form of Art Deco
is also known, had always been inspired by city

life, from the outline of th...

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Small Cabin House Design From Wooden as A Perfect Hideout Place In Any Seasons

Artistic and beautiful look of Natural Home Design at Meadow Do you need great comfort, silence, and loneliness to have a deal with your very important job? Here they are in Rolling Huts Small Design by OSKA Architects. As people know, having a large and wideRead More

Knock-up (KU) and knock-down (KD) fittings

Both are mechanical means of assembly employing a variety of metal or nylon fittings which replace standard jointing procedures. Knock-up fittings are those designed for the speedy erection of structures providing permanent fixtures which will not be dismantled; knock-down fittings speed erection plus the ability to dismantle, i. e. knock down, at any time and for any number of times. In ‘theory, at least, manufacturers can produce with these fittings standardized components which can be stored and transported flat for erection later by the retailer or customer in his own home...

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Creative and Fascinating Funny Design Door Stopper in Decorative Shape

Colorful and unique Door Rubber Stopper Design Image Credit: theodmgroup A door stopper is a small thing that is often considered not important but we sometimes need it in unexpected time. But if we thought a little further, door stopper could be an interestingRead More

THE UNITED STATES

ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES did not participate in the 1925 Paris Exhibition, the Exhibition was still hugely influential there. Many American designers, including Eugene Schoen, visited it, and it was covered by American newspapers and magazines. Also, the following year, a tour of more than 400 objects that had been displayed in Paris was organized by Charles Richards, director of the American Association of Museums.

He had been impressed by the Exhibition and hoped to initiate

“a parallel movement” in the United States by mounting the tour.

New York department stores, such as Lord & Taylor and R. H. Macy Company, also helped to publicize the Art Deco style by putting on exhibitions in the late 1920s of Art Deco furniture by leading Parisian designers...

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HANDLES, KNOBS AND PULLS

It is axiomatic that handles can make or mar a piece of furniture. The first essential is that they should provide the necessary grip, strong enough for a direct pull on heavy drawers or doors, but discreet enough not to usurp more than their fair share of visual interest. There are no golden rules and good taste alone must decide their selection and placing. A flamboyant piece of furniture might require flamboyant handles, or handles so unobtrusive that they are hardly noticeable; plain, utilitarian furniture, utilitarian handles or some added richness to relieve stark surfaces. One thing only is certain: the designer must visualize the handles as part of his total conception; they must grow out of and not be added to his design merely as an afterthought.

275 Cupboard bolts

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