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Latest News: ‘Then and Now’ – Celebrating 50 Years of the London College of Furniture

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To celebrate 50 years since the opening of the London College of Furniture, The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design have opened their doors and are welcoming the public to view their treasured design archive.

We popped along to explore the collection of not only beautifully crafted furniture, but musical instruments, toys and furnishing fabrics designed by both student and lecturer alumni, including the infamous Robin Day, Ernest Race and William Warren. 

William Warren Chair

The exhibition gives an exclusive view into the rarely seen Frederik Parker Archive, including an intricate sign from the original Frederik Parker & Sons shop. An alumni of the college, Frederik Park went on to co- found renowned furniture company Parker Knoll in 1869.

Signage from the original Frederik Parker & Sons shop

Frederik Parker Chair Archive

Frederik Parker Chair Archive

Frederik Parker Chair Archive 

With chairs lining the walls from floor to ceiling, we were encouraged to walk amongst the collections of tools, archive documents and photographs dotted throughout the room, showing us an insight into the hugely talented students who have studied at the college over the past 50 years.

Archive Documents

There’s still time to visit! The exhibition runs until the 23rd January with free entry at The Cass, London Metropolitan University, 42 – 47 Commercial Road, London, E1 1LA.

Opening hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Fri) 11am – 4pm (Sat)