John Danzer, historian and designer, takes us through the history of garden furniture design from the medieval age to the present day, pausing on favourite pieces by designers such as Thomas Jefferson and Beatrix Farrand. He will share a lifetime of reflection on how furniture works within a landscape, and how to choose the right pieces for your garden.
John’s love of garden furniture history inspired him to found Munder Skiles, with studios in Los Angeles and New York. This lecture is also a chance to follow his detective work through paintings, catalogues and historic photographs – and for a glimpse of original pieces of furniture which have survived the weather’s destruction. This is a rare chance to hear one of the world’s leading experts on garden furniture history speak in this country.
Having left an early career on Wall Street to concentrate full time on a lifelong affinity for garden decoration, John began as a researcher, studying historic gardens in Europe and America. Through the creation of his design firm Munder Skiles, over 25 years ago, John has applied his extensive knowledge to create award-winning garden furniture designs. John has been a panellist for the National Endowment for the Arts and has lectured at the Cooper-Hewitt, Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Garden History in London, New York Botanic Garden, Parrish Art Museum, and the New York Winter Antique Show.