Ferris Wheel, opens at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, anniversary 21 June 1893
Gerrit Rietveld, Dutch architect & furniture designer, birthday 24 June 1888
After our introduction to Chippendale last week let us continue discussing the “Big Three” of English cabinet makers: George Hepplewhite. Again, although no known pieces actually made buy him or his firm are in existence, he took the inspiration of Chippendale to write his own design book, The Cabinet Maker & Upholsterers Guide. Where Chippendale sought to create a guide that was all-encompassing for the designs of the age, Hepplewhite developed a singular style which was characterized by light, curved pieces and the distinctive shield back. What is even more amazing is that these constructions were all achieved without carving; everything was pieced together and then painted and/or inlayed. With all this innovation, if it were not for his book published by his widow after his death and death certificate there would be no evidence that he existed at all.