Thinking through Furnishing: A Sensorial History of Two Twentieth-Century Tables

Traces of lived experience inscribe themselves upon the materiality and memory of the furnishings amidst which we work and rest. Looking at two starkly contrasting case studies from Fascist Italy and the lakeside of Évian-les Bains in the Belle Époque, we will explore how two tables afford tantalizing glimpses of the identity and geo-politics explored in histories of design.

Claire O’Mahony PhD is Associate Professor in the History of Art and Design and Course Director of the MSt in the History of Design at the University of Oxford. She is Chair of the Design History Society; Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. Her research centres on decorative practices, pedagogy and regional identity politics c.1870-1968.

Wednesday 18 May 2022, from 6-7.30pm (UK time).
Free and open to all.
You can choose to attend this hybrid event either online or in person at Rewley House, Oxford.

For those joining us online:
Joining instructions will be sent out in advance.

For those joining us in person:
Pickstock Room
Rewley House
1 Wellington Square
Oxford, OX1 2JA

Tea, coffee and cake will be served from 6pm.

To register, please email by midday (UK time) on Tuesday 17 May 2022 and state whether you will be attending in person at Rewley House or online via Microsoft Teams.