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Symposium on marquetry

From: Ulf Brunne <ulf.brunne>
Date: Sunday, February 25, 2007
Marquetry - Past and Present
2nd Scandinavian Symposium on Furniture Technology and Design
Vadstena, Sweden
May 10-12, 2007

The Marquetry Symposium in Vadstena will be the second international
conference hosted by Carl Malmsten Centre of Wood Technology and
Design at Linkoping University. We are convinced this conference
will be as successful and interesting as the Upholstery Symposium in

Since ancient times marquetry has been used to decorate furniture
and interiors. Starting with basic but intricate geometric patterns
in the Middle Ages, the art of marquetry had its peak in the late
18th century when craftsmen like Riesner, Roentgen and Haupt
produced highly elaborate and artistic inlays. Even though the the
art and craft of marquetry has gradually declined ever since the Art
Deco-period we also find a living tradition, not least at Carl
Malmsten Centre of Wood Technology and Design in Stockholm.

Restoration projects confront us with problems where at least part
of the solution is hidden in the actual craft procedure. However,
technical documentation on historic techniques and tools is scarce;
so is research on timbers and other materials involved. A better
understanding of the technical aspects is crucial also for the
development of modern marquetry.

The aim of the symposium is to bring together both art historians,
designers, craftsmen, conservators/restorers and conservation
scientists. The interest in the symposium and the response on our
First Call for Papers has been far beyond our expectations. The
presentations will cover a multitude of aspects and is well inline
with our ambition to include both historical, theoretical, technical
and design related aspects in the programme.

List of speakers, preliminary programme and on-line registration is
available at


The symposium in Vadstena will offer rich possibilities to exchange
information and opinions with colleagues from all over the world.

Ulf Brunne
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
Associate Professor in Furniture Conservation
Linkopings universitet
Carl Malmsten Centre for Wood Technology and Design
Renstiernas Gata 12
116 28 Stockholm
46-13-28 23 20

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Received on Sunday, 25 February, 2007

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