Stylish Books: Designing Philadelphia Furniture


Printed designs spread new ideas. Artisans, as well as their patrons, relied on books as a way to learn about the latest fashions in interior decoration. Books, periodicals, and advertisements generated consumer desire. Philadelphia became known for creating stylish furniture. The Library Company of Philadelphia played a key role by acquiring architecture and design books, which its members, some of whom were cabinetmakers, read and used. On display are items spanning the 18th through 19th century, illustrating the influence of books and showing style changes over time.

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