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The History of Wallpaper for the Historic Interior

Venue: Syon House

Saturday 28th January 2017 - Allyson McDermott

In Association With Historic Decoration

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF

Morning - The history of wallpaper, including the manufacture, and use of Chinese and European papers from 1650 to the present.

Modern wallpapers suitable for the historic interior.

The identification, conservation and recreation of wallpapers.

Afternoon - A demonstration of some of the historic techniques used in the manufacture of wallpapers, with a discussion of case studies.


An artisan in the truest sense of the word, Allyson is arguably the world’s leading authority on conserving, recreating and hanging historic wallpapers.  Part artist, part scientist, part sleuth, she peels away the layers of history for clients including The National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, interior designers and architects worldwide.  

This study day, at Syon House, is aimed at anyone with an interest in the correct use of historic interior decoration, including architects, interior designers, property developers, curators and historic home-owners, or anyone with an interest in this area.

This study day is organised by Historic Decoration in association with the HHA.

The day starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. It includes coffee on arrival, lunch in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant and tea in the Green Drawing Room.

The cost of this study day is £180.00 (incl. VAT) payable in advance.

Cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation charge. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the event are non-refundable.

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The History of Interior Proportions and Plaster Mouldings

Venue: Syon House

Friday 10th March 2017 - Hugh Petter and David Harrison

In Association With Historic Decoration

Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF
 
Morning - Talk on the origins of the Classical Orders of architecture and their importance in interior design.

Afternoon - David Harrison from Hayles and Howe will give a talk on the history of plaster mouldings, how they were made and applied. He will focus on the mouldings  suitable for period houses today, finishing with a demonstration.


Hugh Petter is a recognised authority on classical and traditional architecture with a broad range of experience. He works throughout Britain, Italy, the Caribbean, North America and Russia. He has published various articles and essays on architectural subjects and is a visiting tutor to several colleges in the UK and abroad. He is a Vice-Chairman of The Georgian Group.

David Harrison is the Managing Director of Hayles and Howe, a renowned ornamental plasterwork and scagliola company, specialising in the conservation and restoration of theatres, churches and public buildings.

David has been responsible for recreating many stunning Robert Adam interiors, including replicating in detail the Library at Kenwood House and the Anti-Room at Syon House, for a client in Pueblo, Colorado (the works included research and manufacture of the ceilings, cornices, statues and malachite scagliola columns). 


This study day, held at Syon House, is aimed at anyone with an interest in the correct use of historic interior decoration, including architects, interior designers, property developers, curators and historic home-owners, or anyone with an interest in this area.

This study day is organised by Historic Decoration in association with the HHA.

The day starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 5 p.m. It includes coffee on arrival, lunch in the Garden Kitchen Restaurant and tea in the Green Drawing Room.

The cost of this study day is £180.00 (incl. VAT) payable in advance.

Cancellations made less than 4 weeks prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation charge. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to the event are non-refundable.

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