1st Edition

Conservation of Twentieth-Century Furniture

By Jake Kaner, Clive Edwards Copyright 2025
    392 Pages 65 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Conservation of Twentieth-Century Furniture provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of the materials and techniques that are encountered in furniture of this century.

    After putting the design, manufacture, and conservation of twentieth-century furniture into context, the volume then offers an A-Z of materials organised into twelve chapters. Within each chapter a wide variety of material types are discussed, observed, analysed, and contextualised, and a list of further sources is provided. The furniture discussed in this book ranges from designer craftsman, individually made pieces, to factory-produced batch items, and includes cabinet work, decoration, surface finishes and upholstery, observing the traditional repertoire of materials, as well as innovative materials and processes introduced over the course of this century. Following the material chapters, the book also includes brief case studies that illustrate some examples of twentieth-century furniture conservation, with a focus on metal, plastic, and wood.

    Conservation of Twentieth-Century Furniture is the primary resource for those working on the manufacture, history, and care of furniture of this period, including conservators, curators, dealers, and collectors. 

    Overview of Twentieth century furniture design and manufacture. (CE) Overview of Twentieth century furniture conservation. (JK)
    A-Z materials and techniques - description, context, identification, physical and chemical properties, conservation for each item, stablelisation, consolidation, treatment, care and maintenance.
    Case studies of specific conservation models.
    Appendices - including sources of treatment materials and laboratories.


    Jake Kaner is a Professor of Furniture at Nottingham Trent University and prior to that Buckinghamshire New University, where he studied and conserved 20th furniture collections for many years. He has worked with English Heritage architects and leading museums. He has supervised at the RCA, London, lectured at UK Art and Design university departments given research papers at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, the Pinakotek der Moderne, Munich, the Design Museum, London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    Clive Edwards is an Emeritus Professor of Design History at Loughborough University. After a career in the retailing of furniture and interiors he completed a PhD on Victorian furniture technology. His published works include monographs and articles on aspects of furniture history, technology, materials and trades, furnishing textiles and the manufacture and retailing of domestic furnishings, as well as contributions to multi-authored works on interiors, architecture and home furnishings.