London College of Furniture at 50

The London College of Furniture, now known as The Cass at London Metropolitan University, is holding an exhibition to reflect on 50 years of furniture making.

Working away at the London College of Furniture
Working away at the London College of Furniture

Combining 70 pieces of furniture, machinery, photographs, original archive material, and objects including toys and musical instruments, the show also promises to look to the future of furniture designing and making.

There are pieces by LCF alumni, students, lecturers, designers and craftspersons who attended the courses from 1964 to 1992.

Lino cutting at the London College of Furniture
Lino cutting at the London College of Furniture

Alumni include design luminaries such as Frederick Parker, who founded the company that later became Parker Knoll; Lucian Ercolani, the founder of Ercol; and, more recently Terence Woodgate, Michael Marriot and Roberto Feo.

There will be a chance to see their work up close and take in the Frederick Parker Collection, which is on long-term loan to The Cass.

Graduation from the London College of Furniture
Graduation from the London College of Furniture

On Thursday 27 November The Cass will be hosting a one-day symposium to celebrate the opening of the exhibition where speakers will include the former principal of the LCF Peter Metcalf and chairman of the Frederick Parker Collection Cliff Rust.

LCF Fifty Years On will run from 27 November 2014 – 14 January 2015 at The Cass, 42-47 Commercial Road, London E1.

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