Mid-20th Century Furniture Design: a lecture at NBSS


KR+H's Paul Reidt and I thoroughly enjoyed being at North Bennet Street School (NBSS) Wednesday night for the talk they hosted: Highlights of Mid-Twentieth Century Furniture Design.

 

Katie Rowley, Guest Speaker

Katie Rowley, Guest Speaker

We quickly caught the enthusiasm of guest speaker Katie Rowley of Machine Age. Katie gave us a rich overview of some of the forward thinking furniture designers of the 20th Century. Paul and I were not only appreciative of Katie's knowledge, but also impressed that she is self-taught. She learns much from Machine Age's owner, Normand Mainville and does extensive research independently.

In the question and answer period, Paul asked Katie if she knew one of his favorites - French furniture designer Maxime Old. She did not as she is most intimate with designers whose works were manufactured, and she was eager to research Maxime Old's work. So wonderful to see and feel the enthusiasm of someone who loves what she does!

Maxime Old inspired desk by Paul Reidt and made by KR+H's craftspeople.

Maxime Old inspired desk by Paul Reidt and made by KR+H's craftspeople.

We're both looking forward to a trip to Machine Age's 6,000 square foot showroom where Katie helps to manage and curate a vast collection of mid-20th century furnishings.

North Bennet Street School hosted the talk in the Windgate Gallery of their new home in Boston's North End. See NBSS' upcoming lectures. Hope to see you there!

An elevation of North Bennet Street School by Kennedy Violich Architects.

An elevation of North Bennet Street School by Kennedy Violich Architects.