Furniture Design Books

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  1. Furniture-Makers and Consumers in England 1754-1851

    Furniture-Makers and Consumers in England 1754-1851

    Covering the period from the publication of Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Makers' Director (1754) to the Great Exhibition (1851), this book analyses the relationships between producer retailers and consumers of furniture and interior design, and explores what effect dialogues surrounding these transactions had on the standardisation of furniture production during this period. This was an era, before mass production, when domestic furniture was made both to order and from standard patterns and negotiations between producers and consumers formed a crucial part of the design and production process. This study narrows in on three main areas of this process: the role of pattern books and their readers; the construction of taste and style through negotiation; and daily interactions through showrooms and other services, to reveal the complexities of English material culture in a period of industrialisation.

  2. The Lucky, Plucky Chairs

    The Lucky, Plucky Chairs

    When a set of eight classic old No. 14 Thonet chairs are threatened with certain doom, their ingenuity saves the day. Together they discover a way to escape, and encounter a world of the most wonderful and imaginative chairs from around the globe. The Thonets discover, too, that they have a talent for the stage. This charming tale by Rolf Fehlbaum, with delightful illustrations by Maira Kalman, is accompanied by a brief and informative glossary of 22 of the most innovative chairs created in 150 years.

  3. Brazil Modern - The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture

    Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture

    Twentieth-century Brazilian furniture design is perhaps the last great largely unknown tradition of modernism, characterized by rich and sensually textured hardwoods and an ingenuity, grace, and simplicity that exemplify the national character of brasiliadade. With well over 400 historic images and new photography, Brazil Modern: The Rediscovery of Twentieth-Century Brazilian Furniture surveys the history and legacy of this innovative design tradition.

  4. Goods 2 - Interior Products from Sketch to Use

    Goods 2: Interior Products from Sketch to Use

    Goods 2 includes 46 iconic design products are analysed and featured from conceptual design sketch to realisation. It also shows international reference projects where these products have been used successfully.

  5. Eileen Gray - Her Work and Her World

    Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World

    The renowned and highly influential architect, furniture-maker, interior designer and photographer Eileen Gray was born in Ireland and remained throughout her life an Irishwoman at heart. An elusive figure, her interior world has never before been observed as closely as in this ground-breaking study of her work, philosophy and inner circle of fellow artists. Jennifer Goff expertly blends art history and biography to create a stunning ensemble, offering a clear beacon of light into truly understanding Gray - the woman and the professional.

  6. Wood Art - Innovative Wood Design

    Wood Art: Innovative Wood Design

    Warm and organic, yet imbued with strength, wood can perform in unusual ways depending on its use and setting. Working with new or reclaimed wood, bent plywood, or solid wood construction, the designers featured in this book all bring something new, creating forms from the whimsical to the elegant, the delicate to the robust.

  7. Furniture Design - An Introduction to Development, Materials and Manufacturing

    Furniture Design: An Introduction to Development, Materials and Manufacturing

    Furniture Design is a comprehensive guide and resource for students and furniture designers. As well as discussing pioneering contemporary and historical designs, it also provides substantive answers to designers' questions about function, materials, manufacture and sustainability, integrating guidance on all of these subjects - particularly material and manufacturing properties - in one accessible and structured volume.

  8. Verner Panton - The Collected Works

    Verner Panton: The Collected Works

    Verner Panton, a Danish designer who lived in Switzerland, was a great master of postwar design. While extravagant forms and the use of strong, bright color are hallmarks of his work, it is clearly grounded in the elegant Functionalism of the 1950s.

  9. 1000 Chairs

    1000 Chairs

    1000 Chairs devotes one page to each chair, displayed on its own as pure form, with biographical and historical information about the chairs and their designers.

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    The History of Modern Furniture Design

    The History of Modern Furniture Design tells the story of modern furniture in Czechoslovakia and the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands, from the first half of the nineteenth century (the Biedermeier period) to the late twentieth century. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the modern history of furniture in this region against the backdrop of significant developments in the field worldwide.

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    Project Vitra

    Project Vitra is a comprehensive publication on the history, present and future of Vitra. The copiously illustrated chapters with contributions by Alex Coles, Rolf Fehlbaum, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Deyan Sudjic and Alexander von Vegesack tell stories about the places, products and people connected with Vitra.

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    The Design Book

    The Design Book brings together the best in contemporary design for the home, presenting a huge range of striking new products: tables and chairs, sofas and beds, storage, kitchens and bathrooms, tableware, textiles and surfaces, lighting, electronics, and more.

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    This book covers the entire history of the company, decade by decade, exploring all aspects of its evolution as well as the social and technological qualities of Kartell products.

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    Retro: A Guide to the Mid-20th Century Design Revival

    Spanning the period from the 1950s to the 1980s and beyond, and with international coverage, the book identifies the designers, manufacturers, brands, innovations, technologies and materials that transformed the world during the period of mid-century modern and still cast their magic spell.

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    Chairs: 20th-Century Classics

    Chairs: 20th-Century Classics features more than 95 of the most desirable, influential and iconic designs from the last century.

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    Retro Furniture Classics

    Retro Furniture Classics provides invaluable background on the evolution of design styles, going chronologically through each movement, and offers stunning examples of highly collectible pieces shown in their original settings or specially chosen locations. Each chapter includes profiles of key designers, while a full international source directory helps furniture hunters on their search.

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    Shiro Kuramata

    This first ever monograph on highly influential Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata is a two-volume title presenting all of his compelling and idiosyncratic work for a diverse audience of designers and design enthusiasts who love Kuramata but will be surprised to discover the breadth and depth of his remarkable body of work.

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    Eames: Beautiful Details

    Eames: Beautiful Details celebrates the seamlessness and fluidity in which Charles and Ray Eames operated as both a husband-and-wife team and as designers unrestricted by traditionally profesionally boundaries. Select details of their life and work, from their refined designs to to their innovative experiments, and even including images depicting the everyday poetic moments of their lives, and are shared here in this exhibit within a book.

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    Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman

    Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman is the first monograph to focus exclusively on Saarinen's furniture designs. A self-declared "form-giver," his furniture, like his architecture, is characterized by its sleek and expressive forms.

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    Mid-Century Modern

    From the "soft modernism" of Scandinavian furniture, to the sleek clean lines of the lighting created by the Castiglione brothers in Italy, all the iconic designs and designers of the period are featured in this guide to one of the most exciting periods of design history.

  21. Chairs - 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design

    Chairs: 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design

    Showcasing over 1000 chairs by some of world's greatest designers, from Alvar Aalto to Marco Zanuso, this comprehensive work traces the fascinating history of the modern chair.

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    Furniture Studio: Materials, Craft, and Architecture

    Furniture Studio explores the origins, methods, results, and influence of the unique and highly successful furniture design and fabrication studios offered by the University of Washington Department of Architecture.

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    Furniture Design

    From history to theory to technology, Furniture Design offers a comprehensive survey of the essential craft- and practice-related aspects of furniture design.

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    The Complete Book of Street Furniture

    The Complete Book of Street Furniture offers the reader a close-up look at all of the elements that go into the design of urban space. Every item shown in the full color photographs that illustrate the projects was custom-designed for a specific purpose. The creation of each piece is explained right from the initial stages to its eventual construction and installation through original sketches and detailed lists of materials.

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    PlyDesign presents 73 ideas for sleek, smart home furnishings that you can make from off-the-shelf sheet materials using only basic hand and power tools. The projects include tables, stools, workstations, benches, laptop stands, shelves, art panels, organizers, headboards, doghouses, dollhouses, and more.

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    Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture

    Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture: Designs for the Twenty-First Century features more than five hundred full-color illustrations of the best modern furniture from the Nordic countries.

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    Modern Furniture Classics: From 1900 to Now

    Richly illustrated with more than 250 photographs, Modern Furniture Classics catalogs the passionate talents of international furniture designers and manufacturers from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the handmade vernacular styles of the Arts and Crafts Movement through today's experimental work, this chronological journey focuses on more than 240 classics of modern furniture design, including influential pieces by Philippe Starck, Henry van der Velde, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Matthew Rice, Frank Gehry and others.

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    Pepe Andreu: Thinking Furniture

    Pepe Andreu is one of Spain's foremost furniture designers, famed for his reconciliation of contemporary forms with traditional artisanal materials. Each stage in the development of Andreu's mostly wood-based furniture is developed by the designer himself, from sketches to model to prototype construction. This volume surveys the output of his company to date.

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    From Aalto to Zumthor: Furniture by Architects

    Product design is a design branch in its own right, but renowned architects often design their ideal furniture themselves. From Aalto to Zumthor: Furniture by Architects features an attractive range of sculptural, futuristic and functional design.