Anglepoise:a balanced-arm lamp designed in 1932 by British designer George Carwardine. Carwardine, a design consultant specialising in vehicle suspension systems, saw an alternative use for springs and levers and created a mechanism with task lamps in mind. Carwardine teamed up with the Terry Spring Company to refine the Anglepoise lamp for the domestic market. Today Anglepoise is seen as a multi-product iconic British brand.
Breakfront:a large piece of furniture, usually a bookcase or cabinet, where the centre section juts forward projecting past the flanking side sections. It is this stepped out piece that disrupts (or rather “breaks”) the straight line of the front of the cabinet – hence the name.
Matelassé: (pronounced: mat-la-SAY) is a weaving or stitching method yielding a fabric that appears quilted or padded. This effect can be achieved by hand, jacquard loom, or quilting machine. The fabric is meant to imitate the style of hand-stitched quilts made in Marseilles, France. Matelassé fabric is often used to make bedding.
Verdigris: is a bright blue-green patina, or natural “coating”, that is formed when copper, bronze or brass is exposed to air or seawater over a period of time. The Statue of Liberty is an excellent example of this. The term is a variation on the Old French “vert-de-Grèce”, meaning “green of Greece”; however the contemporary French spelling “vert-de-gris” translates to “green of grey”. Until the 19th century Verdigris was also a sought after green colour pigment often used in paintings.
Linen Press:(or just “press”) is a large hardwood cupboard or cabinet designed for storing household linens such as sheets and blankets, tablecloths and napkins, towels, clothing, and related textiles. Traditionally, a linen press consists of a two-door upper cabinet with pull-out shelves over a chest of four deep drawers below.
Triptych:(pronounced “triptik”, from the Greek meaning “three-fold”) an artwork consisting of three panels – a typically larger middle panel, flanked by two smaller related works. There are however triptychs of equal-sized panels. Historically, triptych panels were hinged in order for the work to be folded for easy transport. A triptych may consist of three separate images of the same theme, or may be one larger work split into three.