23rd November 2016
The Genius of Robert Adam
An examination of neo-classic furniture in the context of the Grand Houses and rooms for which it was intended. Adam’s name has become an epithet for his architectural and interior design work, which is characterised by a remarkable and often overwhelming expression of stylistic and chromatic unity. Neither a furniture designer nor maker, he did however design a number of pieces for specific locations within his room designs. His style was interpreted and adapted by celebrated cabinetmakers, who produced furniture that made “charming harmony” with his interiors.
Janusz worked in Higher Education for over thirty years. His interest in antique furniture developed while studying for his first degree when he worked part time in an antiques shop, eventually taking it over as the proprietor.
Such was his interest in collecting that he became known as the dealer who bought but never sold! His lectures seek to explain furniture in terms of the skills and materials employed in its design and construction and also its
socio-economic significance. He has lectured on antique furniture since 1975 and joined the NADFAS panel in 1982. He has lectured to over 300 NADFAS societies both in Britain and Europe.