Open in new tab - Back to search results




Publication date


Visit of Musée Charlier – Step n. 17. Consider this Louis XV-style chest of drawers. It’s a piece of furniture where the attention is on every detail. Look at how the marble board follows the undulating body of the wood. Due to the marble board’s lack of adaptation, take a look at how blunt the piece of furniture on the right appears in comparison to it. 

Dsf5690 edited

One of the most unique and interesting types of furniture is antique furniture, which intrigues because of the rich history it contains and charms with its ageless beauty. As everything was done by hand and there was no such thing as mass production, each item is special. The appeal of antique furniture is found in how unique each item is; no two pieces are alike. Antique furniture never goes out of style and is highly sought after because it has a distinctive style that no modern product can match and because it looks beautiful in a modern setting. It can add character to any home.The Renaissance saw the evolution of simple-lined furniture into beautiful furniture with inlays and carvings, giving birth to the figure of the woodworker.

The carpenter evolved into a cabinetmaker, producing one-of-a-kind furniture with mosaics, carvings, or genuine designs utilising different types of wood with variable values as well as other materials like brass or ivory.The interiors of the furniture were embellished with semi-precious stones and metal inlays throughout the Baroque and Rococo eras, which transformed it into a genuine work of art that is today highly sought after by collectors. The cabinetmaker creates one-of-a-kind or limited-edition pieces of exquisite or imaginative furniture that are manufactured to order. The profession, which has historically been linked to the use of rare and expensive woods, now includes the use of Corian, textiles, metal, glass, etc.

Do you know what skills are required for furniture conservation and restoration? We recommend that you look them up in the profile of Christian Schouwey, a Swiss carpentry professional and licensed restorer. His abilities enable him to restore inlays, architectural embellishments, and artefacts using a wide range of materials, from exotic and tropical woods to bronze. He has worked on significant historical structures such as Neuchâtel’s town hall.




Related resources

From Ancient Frescoes to Modern Street Art

A Journey through Mural Painting In the rich tapestry of Europe’s artistic heritage, mural decoration…

Guidebook: Crafts Youth Future Engagement (CYFE)

GUIDEBOOK This guidebook was produced in the context of the Erasmus+ project Crafts Youth Future…


A FOCUS ON ITALY Silk has always been present in human history, and the economic…

The healing power of crafts

The tragic conflict in Ukraine has been evolving for more than one year. We wish…

Invite a friend