Daily Archives 3rd November 2014



Bedside table The table contains a blind drawer, above a cupboard that is fitted to look like a drawer. H:65cm (26in). S&K

Gentleman’s tall chest of drawers This piece has a blind top drawer containing an adjustable mirror, above five graduated drawers. The bottom drawer is cedar-lined. The chest is flanked by a cedar-lined hanging compartment. H:140cm (56in). S&K

Pedestal desk This desk has a blind, compartmented centre drawer, flanked by two small blind drawers, set over two banks of two deep drawers. W:120cm (48in). S&K


In the 1920s and 1930s, designers working in

the Art Deco style also responded t...

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Resin glues offer very definite advantages, for the glues set at ordinary room temperatures and the application of heat is optional according to the required rapidity of the set. As the veneers do not have to be dampened no water is used except as a solvent for the glue, therefore expansion and subsequent shrinkage is negligible; moreover, there is or should be little, if any, penetration to the wood surface, the pores of the wood are not choked with glue, and all the lustre is retained. Edges do not have to be protected as with hide glues, and in fact veneered surfaces can be shaped, moulded and run out to a feather edge without the veneers lifting, while the surfaces are harder, with greater wear resistance, and are impervious to moderate heat and moisture...

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Cute Colourful and Cheerful Kids Bedroom Design with Cartoon Characters

Cartoon Character Bed Design for Kids It was the cartoon character kids bedding decor that will try to give a comfortable feeling and a soft decoration for our beloved kid’s room. The decoration of this bedding style was trying to accommodate the need of comfortableRead More


In his designs for the Maharajah of Indore, Eckart Muthesius successfully married the simple and functional with the more decorative and fanciful French Art Deco style.

Manik Bagh side table This table was designed by Muthesius. The ultra-modern geometric form of the table echoes the “U” shape of the palace. 1930-33.

BEDROOM SUITE Coordinating suites of furniture for bedrooms were particularly popular during this period. The centrepiece of the room was usually the bed, which was surrounded by a host of chests of drawers, dressing tables, wardrobes, and so on, all geometrically shaped and made from the same materials, as here.

Chest of drawers This has a compartmented blind drawer. Below this are three long drawers, with distinctive long metal handles...

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Awesome Luxurious And Modern Bathroom Vanity With Minimalist Wall Mounted

Cool Stylish And Attractive Wall Mounted Bathroom Vanity Area Design With Charming Wood Panel In Modern home style, a bathroom vanity area is one important room that should be decorated finely because the vanity area can enhance the welcoming and comfortable valueRead More

Inspiring and Exciting Pathways Design for Fun Garden Ornament

Natural Stone Pathways for Great Natural Garden Look Image Credit: fastnetmedia A garden with all of its plants is identical with natural scene landscape. A beautiful garden is a garden that has pleasant and soothing atmosphere. Besides plants, there are severalRead More

Protection of edges

Edges of veneers laid with hide glue have a tendency to lift or splinter out particularly in the long grain, and they are, therefore, protected either by applied mouldings or edges, or, as in traditional work, with narrow crossbandings of veneer. The process is described on p. 305-7. The shrinkage pull of face veneers as they dry out must be compensated for by a correspond­ing balancing veneer applied to the underside of the panel, and this is also described later. Veneer edges laid with resin glues do not need protection (287:3, 4), but balance veneering is also necessary.

283 Veneer trimmer

Trimming edges

Veneers should be laid with a generous overlap all round in case they slip during laying, and should not be trimmed back until thoroughly dry...

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ALTHOUGH THE Art Deco style had its origins and greatest success in the West, it also found voice in the East.

INDIAN GLAMOUR Despite a strain of social conservatism and an economy that remained sluggish and underdeveloped, Indian designers welcomed the aesthetic ideals and stylish visual viewpoint promoted by the fashionable modern taste for Art Deco favoured by the colonialists. Appreciation for, and support of, the Art Deco style was also fostered by designers who had emigrated to India from Central and Eastern Europe, taking with them a

keen knowledge of the style, along with a calculated eye to receiving patronage from wealthy, cultivated, and influential benefactors.

At the heart of the Art Deco style in India was Mumbai (then called Bombay), the centre of international communication...

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TREMENDOUS UPHEAVALS came about in Europe in the wake of World War I. The need for change was keenly felt by architects and designers from Italy to Belgium and the Netherlands, and from Germany to Scandinavia.

At the heart of this longing for change lay a functionalist ideology and a desire for art to accommodate the exciting technological advances of the early 20th century. Mass-produced, functional furniture designs became the order of the day, a philosophy that was realized by Alvar Aalto in Finland and with the formation in 1919 of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius. Internationally acclaimed, the Bauhaus sought to

bring together the talents of creative artists, designers, and craftsmen, to create prototype designs suitable for industrial mass production (see p.426).

Although the Modernist ...

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Hand laying veneers

The veneers must be laid one sheet at a time, for built-up patterns taped together cannot be laid by this process, as will become evident. A fast worker could no doubt lay a sideboard top without using the heated iron, but the veneer sheet would have to be very amenable, and it is wise not to attempt large areas without the iron until proficiency is achieved. The usual practice is to coat the groundwork or substrate evenly with thin glue, swab the outer surface of the veneer sheet with hot water to prevent it curling up once it touches the glue, add a few dabs from the glue-brush to lubricate the heated iron, lay the veneer on the glued surface, smoothing it out from the centre to exclude the air, and heat a section with the iron, lightly swabbing the veneer to prevent the iron sticking...

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