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New Ulster Museum exhibition charts 300 year evolution of household furniture and interior design

A new exhibition charting the changing styles and designs of furniture over the past three centuries has opened to the public at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Entitled Crafted: The Fine Art of Furniture, the show explores the evolution of style, material and functionality of furniture from the 18th century to the present day.

Kim Mawhinney, National Museums Northern Ireland’s Head of Art and curator of the exhibition, said: 'The Ulster Museum holds an important collection of furniture and works of art made from wood. This exhibition not only explores the change in furniture design since the 1700s but also provides an insight into the changes in society – the move towards informality and experimentation.

'The pieces in the exhibition demonstrate the immense skill of the cabinet makers of the past and the furniture designers of today.'


She added, 'We are very pleased to be exhibiting a stunning olive ash table by Cork based Joseph Walsh, one of the most internationally celebrated furniture designers of his generation.

'We're also delighted to be exhibiting work by Northern Ireland-born Mary Little who has had a real impact on furniture and interior design in the 20th century.'

Exhibition highlights include a magnificent 1740s, elaborately carved mahogany Irish side table, an early Celtic Revival chair made in Belfast from bog oak and a chest of drawers, inspired by Ireland’s extreme weather in December 2010.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of events including special tours, talks and lectures. Admission is free.

For further information visit www.nmni.com.