Appel à canditatures : Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves and Colleagues: Architects as Designers of Interiors and Furniture (1770-1860) Hanover, 17–18 March 2023

Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves (1788-1864), among the most important representatives of
classicism in Germany, decisively shaped the image of the city of Hanover with his urbanplanning
designs and structures. Numerous secular buildings, including the Leineschloss in the
city centre – the residence of the kings of Hanover from 1837 to 1866 and today the seat of the
Landtag of Lower Saxony – as well as the reconstructed Schloss Herrenhausen and private
palace, are reminders of this court architect of the Kingdom of Hanover. Building alterations
and new constructions based on his designs have survived in various places in what is now
Lower Saxony, including Schloss Derneburg and the Schloss Celle. As part of these projects,
Laves also designed the corresponding interiors, which put him in line with his famous
contemporaries Karl Friedrich Schinkel (Berlin), Leo von Klenze and Jean-Baptiste Métivier
(Munich), and Johann Conrad Bromeis (Kassel). A majority of the interiors designed by Laves
were destroyed in World War II – such as the representative halls of the Leineschloss (1834-36)
and the living quarters of the royal family in the Palais an der Leinstrasse (ca. 1818 and later) –
and the furniture scattered. Based on the research project of Thomas Dann, who has a
comprehensive view of designs for furniture and interiors thanks to his many years of archival
work and research around surviving furniture, the Museum August Kestner is showing the
exhibition G. L. F. Laves – ein Hofarchitekt entwirft Möbel from 6 November 2022 to 26 March
2023. For the first time in Hanover, a selection of Laves’s drawings for furniture and interiors
will be on view, together with examples of furniture created according to his designs.

Parallel to the exhibition, mobile – Gesellschaft der Freunde von Möbel- und Raumkunst e.V.,
the Museum August Kestner, and the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris are organizing
an international conference that seeks to place Laves’s furniture and interior designs in a larger
historical and cultural context. Among the well-known architects who were frequently
encountered in the 19th century and who – like Laves in Hanover – designed interiors as well
as furniture were the English architects Jeffry Wyatville, John Nash, and Thomas Hope, along
with Charles Percier, Pierre François Léonard Fontaine, and Jakob-Ignatz Hittorff in France and
Pelagio Palagi in Italy. It is this special aspect of his work that is the focus of the conference
“Georg Ludwig Friedrich Laves and Colleagues: Architects as Designers of Interiors and
Furniture (1770-1860),” with particular emphasis on the furniture designs. From an expanded
European perspective, the question of the defining characteristics of architects’ furniture will
be taken up. Further themes and questions might include:

– What sources of inspiration/role models are called upon and what materials are
preferred for the execution?
-What role do surrogate materials play, such as decoration in stucco or sheet iron and
-How did the transfer of knowledge transnationally between the architects and
craftsmen work?
-What is the relationship between architect and client when it comes to the design of
interior spaces?
-What sources are there on the collaboration between designers and the executing

The conference will take place on 17–18 March 2023 in the Museum August Kestner in Hanover
and is geared towards junior and early career scholars. Proposals for a 20-minute presentation
(abstract of 300 words maximum; the conference languages are German and English) together
with a short biography (incl. email and physical address as well as institutional affiliation) should
be emailed to the following address by 12 September 2022:

You will be informed of the outcome of your submission by the beginning of October 2022 at
the latest.

The conference was organized by Mirjam Brandt (Museum August Kestner, Hanover), Andreas
Büttner (Städtisches Museum Braunschweig), Jörg Ebeling (Deutsches Forum für
Kunstgeschichte Paris), Martin Glinzer (art historian, Berlin), Henriette Graf (Stiftung
Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg), Petra Krutisch (Germanisches
Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg), and Sally Schöne (Museum August Kestner, Hanover).

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