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Exhibition: “Under pressure, densified wood”

Under Pressure, Densified Wood” is an exhibition presented by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 28 March 2014 until 14 September 2014. which traces the evolution of woodworking techniques in design, with iconic pieces and other recent creations from the young guard of modern design.

Woodworking through time

The exhibition traces the major innovations in woodworking. Divided into two sections, the exhibition first looks back at the historical context with the technical developments around wood, an ancestral and composite material essentially made of fibres and resin. For centuries, attempts have been made to tame it and to make it play an ever greater variety of roles. First it was carved, then, in the 19th century, the possibilities multiplied: with the discovery of bending, which implies the contribution of humidity, but also of hardened wood, which, thanks to moulding, reveals complex patterns. The 20th century saw the development of other processes: plywood, glued laminated wood and, in the 21st century, retified wood.

A journey of discovery

Visitors are invited to discover a selection of furniture pieces, dating from the 19th century to the 1960s, from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs collection. Works by Thonet Gebrûder, Alfred Latry & Cie, Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames and Grete Jalk give an insight into the evolution of wood techniques. The second section shows the creations of young designers using densified wood.

An enriching and instructive exhibition that we warmly recommend!

More information here:“Under pressure, densified wood”, until 14 September 2014 in Paris

Les Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli75001
Paris