‘The Archive is Alive – Parker Knoll Furnishing Fabrics’
Frederick Parker Lecture by Gina Pierce

Add to Calendar 25/03/2021 06:00 PM 25/03/2021 07:30 PM Europe/UK ‘The Archive is Alive – Parker Knoll Furnishing Fabrics’
Frederick Parker Lecture by Gina Pierce


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The Frederick Parker Collection is a unique and outstanding educational resource spanning over 300 years of British furniture making and design, from 1660 to the present day.  The Collection comprises over 200 chairs, together with an archive of related historical documents and artefacts and became part of the Furniture Makers’ Company in 2013.

The Annual Frederick Parker Lectures will this year be held on-line on two successive Thursdays at 6pm lasting an hour with questions.  They will be free to those that book.

Gina Pierce: The Archive is Alive – Parker Knoll Furnishing Fabrics

Gina will be discussing her PhD research into Parker Knoll during the period 1945-1955, and in particular the books of fabric samples for chair upholstery in the archive.  Combining these with documents and other artefacts in the Parker Collection, she will show how Parker Knoll was attuned to public taste, becoming one of the most popular furniture brands through much of the 20th century.  She will include examples of projects undertaken with the public and students to create new design work based on the archive to illustrate creative ways in which it might be used.

Following some years as an interior designer, Gina Pierce took an MA in Textile Design at Central St Martins and worked as a freelance fabric designer.  Since 1988 she has also been a senior lecturer on BA Textile Design and Dissertation Studies at London Metropolitan University.  She is currently studying for her PhD at UCA Farnham.

Further information about the Frederick Parker Collection can be seen here.  New supporters are always welcome – please contact if you would like to become a Friend of the Collection, which as well as giving vital support to the collection includes an entry in the annual Champagne draw. 

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