Functional Artistry

The calling to transcend function to create art is evident in the work of the world’s most highly regarded furniture makers. This multimedia voyage into the history and process of furniture making suggests just how elegantly John and Thomas Seymour fulfilled the Boston community’s needs for places to eat, sleep, and write letters.  

Robert Mussey, the guest curator of Luxury and Innovation and principal author of the accompanying book, discusses the work and vision of John and Thomas Seymour. Phil Lowe, Master Furniture Maker, Director of The Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, demonstrates the art of planing, veneering, and inlay using traditional tools.

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