ITD904 - History of Furniture and Accessories

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 14:32:25.492
Last review date 2018-07-13 14:32:25.494

Subject Title
History of Furniture and Accessories

Subject Description
Students are introduced to the historical furniture styles of France, England, and Early America which are related to the contemporary reproductions and adaptations of furniture styles today. This knowledge of furniture and accessories enables students to recommend suitable furnishings for a given decorating concept.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Interior Decorating Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Utilize the language of furniture design.

2. Differentiate between Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassic furniture and accessories

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the various factors that have influenced furniture and accessories throughout history.

4. Distinguish between French, English and American/Canadian furniture and accessories.

5. Identify the various furniture and accessory styles of the twentieth century.

6. Evaluate the differences between original pieces of furniture and current reproductions.

7. Discuss the use of historical furniture styles within contemporary settings.

8. Evaluate the implementation of historical colour schemes with current colour trends and fabrics.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Students should consult the program information page on the Faculty of Continuing Education website each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements.

Topic Outline

  • Major project assigned
  • French Baroque: Louis XIV
  • French Rococo: Regence, Louis XV
  • French Neo-Classic: Louis XVI , Directoire, Empire
  • English Baroque: Late Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne
  • English Rococo: Early Georgian and Chippendale
  • English Neo-Classic: Adam, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and Regency
  • American / Canadian
  • Victorian (English and American); Reform Movements:  William Morris, Arts and Crafts; Aesthetic Movement
  • 20th century design - Art Nouveau, Bauhaus, De Stijl, Art Deco, after WWII

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures, and power point presentations and weekly review of course content

Prescribed Texts
Title: The Complete Guide To Furniture Styles
Author: Louise Ade Boger
Publisher: Waveland Press Inc.
ISBN: 0881339393

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.
If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Grading scheme:

French furniture test             10%

English Furniture Test          10%

French Furniture Project      15%

English Furniture Project     15%

After the Machine Project    15%

Final Exam                           35%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield