Furniture Design Books

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    Industrial Furniture: Prototypes of the Modern Era

    Industrial Furniture: Prototypes of the Modern Era looks at a unique and hitherto neglected aspect of furniture design: furniture made by workers and mechanics to serve an industrial function. In their strict orientation towards utility, these simple pieces of industrial furniture feature screwed together or welded iron plates, sheet metal, steel pipes and wooden boards.

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    Design After Modernism: Furniture and Interiors 1970-2010

    Design After Modernism offers an overview of developments in design over the past four decades-some evolutionary, some expected, and some extraordinary. It identifies the diverse influences that have generated new directions in design and illustrates many of the most characteristic, most noteworthy, and most innovative objects in this rich and variegated mix. All are representative of their time, and many of the earlier designs have already gained iconic status. Of the more recent ones, whether or not they will be admired in decades to come is something that only time will tell.

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    Eero Saarinen: Objects and Furniture Design

    Despite the brevity of his career, Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was one of the most celebrated architects of his time. As an architect, Saarinen is responsible for some of the most potent architectural symbols of American identity including Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Published in Poligrafa's By Architect series, this volume surveys Saarinen's life and career.

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    Eileen Gray: Objects and Furniture Design

    Neglected in her lifetime, Eileen Gray (1878-1976) is now regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early twentieth century. Part of the By Architects series, Eileen Gray highlights the work of this singular designer-architect.

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    Storage Furniture

    Storage Furniture shows dressing rooms, bookshelves, and different furniture where you can place, keep and even use to decorate your house.

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    Adirondack Style

    The Adirondack Great Camps as well as their furnishings are some of the most iconic of American architecture and design. This is the definitive book on the style, architecture, design, and natural beauty of the Adirondack Great Camps.

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    The Best Seller from Italy: Scavolini

    Scavolini has been Italy's favorite kitchen brand since 1984 and is now preparing to celebrate half a century of activity and market presence since its founding in 1962. High quality products and services, attention to clients' needs, competitive prices: these qualities led to Scavolini becoming the number one brand in the Italian kitchen unit sector; this prepared it for entry into international markets, and today the company boasts a presence in more than fifty countries and its name is synonymous with style and Italian design.

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    The Century of Modern Design

    The Century of Modern Design is a comprehensive and chronological guide to artisanship around the world from 1900 to the present. It includes a broad spectrum of modern styles, from art deco and streamlining, through mid-century modern, to contemporary minimalism.

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    The Story of Eames Furniture

    In this unique 2-volume, 800-page book with more than 2,500 images, Marilyn Neuhart tells the story to paraphrase Charles Eames himself of how Eames furniture got to be the way it is.

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    Design Secrets: Furniture

    Furniture design is a complex art. Traditionally, techniques of the craft have been passed down from master to apprentice, but these days that is less and less the case in contemporary design. This book, as with others in the Design Secrets series, takes readers into the studio and reveals tips and techniques as well as the inspiration that brought the concept to life.

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    Eames: Furniture 1941-1978

    Pioneers of the 1950s and of the optimistic American way of life, Charles and Ray Eames created the greatest modern furniture "classics" between 1941 and 1978. They designed more than 20 chair models, mostly unique pieces, and developed know-how in the art of sitting.

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    Roy McMakin: When is a Chair Not a Chair?

    The long-anticipated comprehensive monograph on the art world's most admired designer. The book collects McMakin's most important creations and commissions from his thirty-year career.

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    Modern Furniture

    Modern Furniture presents an overview of the most important developments and highlights in furniture design. Beginning with the latest trends for 2009 the book covers the past 150 years.

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    Mies van der Rohe: Objects and Furniture Design

    German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) is without doubt one of the pioneering masters of Modern architecture: The contemporary cityscape betrays his influence at every turn. Equally significant, though smaller in scale, are his adventures in furniture design.

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    Formless Furniture

    Featuring work from the 1960s through today by such revolutionary figures as Frank Gehry, Gaetano Pesce, Ron Arad and Karim Rashid, Formless Furniture illuminates connections between the historical avant-garde and the applied arts, and tracks the various manifestations of design formlessness to have emerged over the past half century - from Robert Dean's 1967 Sea Urchin chair to today's computer-assisted "blobjects."

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    Once Upon a Chair: Furniture Beyond the Icon

    Furnish: Edition 2010 is a detailed international survey of current trends and developments in furniture and interior design. Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Furnish book, it brings together a collection of work by the world s best young designers, capturing the zeitgeist of this rigorous field.

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    Furniture Design

    From history to theory to technology: a comprehensive survey of furniture design. A highlight of the book includes case studies of twenty-one furniture designs presenting a broad selection of works, designers, design processes, and fabrication techniques in one chapter. The book also features a glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography.

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    Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living

    Few designers did more to influence the appearance of postwar American interiors than the furniture designer Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944). This first in-depth book on Rohde explores how he brought an industrial design perspective to the furniture industry and, in the process, introduced modernism to a broad range of Americans, especially through his modular furnishings.

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    Desire documents current developments in furniture and object design today, showcasing recent work by the most exciting and influential designers from around the globe categorized into four distinct trends and groups: Modernists, Taletellers, Inventors and Entertainers.

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    Office Furniture Design

    An international sourcebook for designers with an eye toward furniture, Office Furniture Design takes an in-depth look at the design and process behind contemporary office furniture. This book profiles the most innovative, effective, and distinctive designs for office furniture today through stunning color photographs, drawings, and sketches.

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    Design Secrets: Furniture

    Many graphic and product designers are crossing into furniture design, including Karim Rashid, a designer of product, space, light, and fashion, and Todd Oldham, a photographer, graphic designer, product designer, interior designer, and influence in film/video and TV. Design Secrets: Furniture shadows similar success stories by showcasing award-winning furniture designs from around the world.

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    World Woods in Color

    This attractive book illustrates the veneer and discusses the wood of 267 species of trees from all over the world, and comments on several hundred more.

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    What Wood Is That?: A Manual of Wood Identification

    With 40 actual wood specimens in popular use, descriptions of grain, color and texture, how to identify trees by their leaves, fruit, and bark, and much more, this is a small encyclopedia for woodworkers, carpenters, hobbyists, dealers, architects, craftsmen, nature lovers, teachers, or anyone with the urge to learn about wood.

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    The Encyclopedia Of Wood

    The Encyclopedia of Wood is a beautifully crafted identification guide for practicing woodworkers and others whose professions depend on wood.

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    Know Your Woods

    A detailed examination of over three hundred wood types and how to recognize each one.

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    Asian Furniture: A Directory and Sourcebook

    The examples featured in this peerless reference source on Asian furniture design were drawn from private collections, antique dealers, and museums around the world, and are organized by country and then by type: chairs, armoires, tables, chests, and more. Each piece has been specially photographed and is described in detail, and the relations between the various periods and styles are explored.

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    Alvar Aalto: Objects and Furniture Design by Architects

    Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) is the most prestigious Finnish architect of the last century, and the father of Nordic Modernism. This monograph on Aalto's highly collectible furniture designs expands our understanding of the diverse abilities of this influential architect/designer.

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    American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: I. Early Colonial Period

    The Metropolitan Museum's preeminent collection of early colonial furniture is expertly documented in this long-awaited publication. It covers the full spectrum of furniture forms made during the 17th and early 18th centuries-from chairs and other seating to tables, boxes, various types of chests and cupboards, and desks.

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    Furnish: Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century

    The occupation of space is a trend that can currently be recognized in many creative fields. While furniture and product design were once largely driven by classical industrial and interior design, these disciplines are now also being shaped by the visual culture of graphic design and high-tech production processes. These new influences are contributing to the creation of furniture and interiors that go beyond anything previously designed or imagined. Furnish presents domestic territories that expand upon our current understanding of interior design. The book documents recent work by designers, artists and architects that shows how they are using furniture in pioneering ways: as environment, as art object, as digital-organic growth, as mutation or as insertion.