Cheryl Buckley, Professor of Design History, Northumbria University, Newcastle
From the curving lines of Thonet bentwood furniture and delicate Lalique glass to sumptuous jacquard woven textiles and Japanese-influenced graphics, the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries produced extraordinarily beautiful objects. Professor Cheryl Buckley and a panel of experts will tell the story of the turn of the twentieth century – a time of shifting social and political mores- through a range of important design objects from Cooper-Hewitt's collection.