Soane Museum

Soane Museum

Patrick Baty

Patrick Baty

Edward Bulmer

Edward Bulmer

Francis Terry

Francis Terry

Harry Triggs and Andrew Molyneux

Harry Triggs and Andrew Molyneux

Decorative Plasterwork from Locker and Riley

Decorative Plasterwork from Locker and Riley

A series of talks on the history of design and architecture

in association with LASSCO 

SALON WEDNESDAYS

 The Salons take place at Brunswick House

30 Wandsworth Rd, Vauxhall, London SW8 2LG

Nearest tube Vauxhall

6.30 pm drinks

7-8.15 pm talk

Following our popular first series of talks on the history of design and architecture, set in the saloon of a George II Palladian mansion in Vauxhall, we are delighted to confirm that there will be a 2019 of evening talks held at Lassco Brunswick House.

wednesday 23rd January 2019

Dr Frances Sands of the Soane Museum talking on A Brief History of Classicism in British Interior Design and an Introduction to the Innovations of Sir John Soane.

We all have an idea of what constitutes ‘classicism’ but how did it arrive in Britain and what influenced its various iterations within interior design over the centuries? Through a brief history of classicism in British interior design, we will explore the origins and evolution of the differing forms of classical design, as well as considering which specific decorative vocabularies belong to which era; for example, the Jonesian, Baroque, Neo-Palladian, Rococo and Neo-Classical. During the Regency Period of the early nineteenth century – just prior to the Gothic revival – classicism culminated in the attenuated and clean forms of John Soane’s work. We will consider Soane’s decorative devices, so often used within small, efficient spaces, and his preoccupation with interior decorative light through the use of mirror glass, coloured glass, fenestration and the power of shadow.

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Wednesday 20th February 2019

Patrick Baty - Paint in a Nutshell

From pigments and binders, to distempers and lime washes; Patrick Baty will explain paint in the most colourful of ways.

Patrick will touch upon the following:

  • What paint is – pigment and binder

  • The use of paint – decoration, protection and identity

  • Pigments – sources

  • Principal colours in use by the housepainter 1750-1850

  • Binders – properties required and oils used

  • Driers – metallic compounds and pigments

  • Thinners

  • Distempers and limewash will be introduced, but in no detail

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WEDNESDAY 13TH MARCH 2019

Edward Bulmer - How to Use Colour the Old Fashion Way

The paint expert and interior designer, Edward Bulmer, will give an enlightening talk on what constitutes traditional colour, its uses and the benefits of getting it right.

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WEDNESDAY 24TH APRIL 2019

Francis Terry - ‘Glad To Be Pastiche’ - Classicism in Modern Design

Architect Francis Terry is the next generation of a new classical dynasty. He will explain his own motives for using the classical style, its successes, challenges and benefits.

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WEDNESDAY 15TH MAY 2019

Harry Triggs and Andrew Molyneux - TM LIGHTING

Modern lighting techniques in Heritage settings

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WEDNESDAY 12TH JUNE 2019

Simon Willcox - Locker and Riley

Decorative Plasterwork Yesterday and Today

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We are delighted to welcome Simon Wilcox for our last LASSCO Salon Wednesday in this series of talks.  Simon is an acclaimed expert in the field of historic plasterwork with the company Locker and Riley.  He will explain how recreating the correct style of plasterwork is critical for the successful outcome of any restoration project in an historic building and advise how to navigate the area of listed building consent.

 Simon will explore ideas for resolving issues such as the installation of new pipework for heating or air conditioning. He will also discuss how to go about the removal, with minimal damage, of centuries of paint layers, which will have obscured the delicate profile of the plasterwork. 

Some period homes have had their decorative plasterwork stripped out over the last decades due to the minimalist fervour that has gripped the interior design scene since the 1990’s, and it is often difficult to know how these rooms would have looked when all traces of the original decoration have been removed. The charm of a period home can be recaptured with correct period mouldings and well crafted plasterwork can also be employed as part of the contemporary design of a modern home.