A305/17: Wood or Metal? English Furniture in the Thirties



In the context of the exhibition The University Is Now on Air: Broadcasting Modern Architecture, the CCA presents twenty-four broadcasts from the course A305, History of Architecture and Design 1890–1939, by The Open University. To learn more about the project, visit https://www.cca.qc.ca/A305.

Television broadcast 17 analyses the structures and the processes of production in wood and steel furniture around 1930-34, concentrating on the work of Heal and Son and Pel Limited. It investigates the introduction of tubular steel furniture
to Britain from Germany and France, and questions Charlotte Perriand’s defense of tubular steel as a material of mass production and superior technological properties, as published in The Studio in 1929.

Written by Tim Benton, directed by Bennett Maxwell, produced the BBC/Open University, aired 9 August 1976 on BBC2.

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