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wall building through imagery

December 1, 2013

le barbier furniture

At Benjamin’s recommendation I went the last week to the glorious exhibition, Interwoven Globe at the Met. My favorite idea in the exhibition is showing the epic Jean Jacques Francois La Barbier’s  Suite of Tapestries Depicting the Four Continentsand corresponding furniture in a singular room. This brings to mind the excellent thinking of architectural historian Robin’s Evans work, The Developed Surface: An Enquiry into the Brief Life of a Eighteenth-Century Drawing Technique, where he charts the evolution of furniture that was designed for the wall of the room and then how it began to float into the room as the 18th century moved on.

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