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Chairs displayed on their own as pure form An overview of the 20th century More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a backrest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the color of the entire artifact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era. From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto to Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel, from Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the phenomenon of the chair is so complex that it requires a reference work as comprehensive as this to do it full justice. They are a...
A Collection of Designs for Household Furniture by George Smith
1970. Large 4to (275 x 233 mm). Original paper-covered boards, pictorial dust jacket; pp. xxviii, xiv, 33, 158 b/w plates reproducing those of the 1808 edition of Smith's Household Furniture. First edition thus, Useful facsimile
A History of English Furniture by Macquoid, P.
Lawrence and Bullen 1925. Four volumes. "The Age of Oak, Walnut, Mahogany and Satinwood". viii 244 pages., with 215 illustrations.; 248 pages., with 223 illustrations.; 272 pages.; with 254 illustrations. Each volume has 15 additional colour plates. A classic set which is the bible for furniture lovers & dealers alike, wonderful colour & black & white plates Original cloth with no dust wrappers. (14" x 11") Each printed illustration has a protective captioned tissue overlay. These four volumes are in very good condition throughout with tight clean contents, very slight sun fading on the spine of the set, but does n...
André-Charles Boulle : Ebéniste, Ciseleur & Marqueteur Ordinaire du Roy
The author, professor of marquetry at the Boulle school and doctor of art history, describes the life and work of this exceptional cabinetmaker with the combined look of a craftsman and a historian. André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) was already at 30 years considered "the most skilled cabinetmaker of Paris" (Colbert). He was the only craftsman of his generation to bring together several know-how which all contributed to the beauty of the objects he made. His name is indeed associated with his talents as a designer, he who developed the art of covering tortoiseshell and metal shells (brass, tin or copper), which took t...
Antique Biedermeier Furniture
A comprehensive look at striking furniture of the nineteenth century Biedermeier era in Austria and Germany. This handsome book features more than 600 authentic Biedermeier pieces, including cabinets, bureaus, wardrobes, secretaries, sofas, chairs, and tables. The authoritative authors provide extensive information on shapes, materials, ornamental features, and regional aspects of this popular furniture. The text covers evaluation and pricing, market trends, and tips on buying, caring for, and proper restoration of Biedermeier pieces. An illustrated glossary and current values are also included in this elegant reference.
Art Deco Furniture: The French Designers
The Art Deco movement - with its emphasis on up-to-date individuality combined with good taste, fine materials and exquisite workmanship - became all the rage in France. Other countries produced their own versions of the style, but in furniture especially, the French predominated: the world had not seen such creative design for 125 years; on the one hand, the virtuoso cabinet-making of Ruhlmann, on the other, the brilliant originality of Gray and Legrain. Alastair Duncan introduces us to the work of over eighty architects, furniture makers and interior designers. The colour and monochrome photographs - almost all of the...
Asian Furniture: A Directory and Sourcebook
Western-style furniture was a relatively late arrival in Asia, where climates and lifestyles were markedly different from those in Europe. But colonial incursions and circumstances of history conspired to bring about profound changes, and furniture design in Asia blossomed into a major decorative art. Each of the eight countries covered here – China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Tibet and the Philippines – developed its own particular designs, creating pieces furniture as works of art. Today these diverse pieces are treasured by collectors worldwide, from Manhattan lofts to Parisian apartments, as well ...
Prized by the avant-garde and the haute bourgeoisie of central Europe in the nineteenth century, Biedermeier style is experiencing an unprecedented revival around the world today. "Biedermeier", with its newly updated introduction and expanded bibliography, serves as an unrivaled sourcebook for those who are interested in the furniture and decor of an era that has uncanny parallels with our own. Angus Wilkie traces the complex history of this forgotten era, giving a cultural background to the work itself. Providing an overview of the astonishing variety of furniture produced by local cabinetmakers from Germany to Scandi...
Biedermeier Furniture
The beautiful laminated furniture of the nineteenth century is documented in this useful reference book with over 500 illustrated examples from seating to case piece styles. The book is arranged to be useful to furniture collectors with value ranges, restoration tips, and a thorough glossary of terms.
Biedermeier to Bauhaus: Authentic German Decor
This unique book traces the evolution of interior design in Germany and Austria from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. More than 250 superb color photographs offer very complete room views as well as details and provide privileged access to private houses -- cottages, palaces, townhouses, artists' studios, and rural retreats.
British Furniture 1600-2000
An introduction to british Furniture, designed to tell the reader what they're looking at, who designed it, when and for whom.
Chairs: 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design, 1800 to the Present Day
The renowned authorities on the subject of chair design, Charlotte and Peter Fiell, showcase over 1,000 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 and explains why it has become such an important cultural phenomenon.
Chinese Country Antiques: Vernacular Furniture and Accessories, C.1780-1920
A new kind of antique Chinese furniture swept onto the market in the early 1990s. It appealed to people who were sure they did not like Chinese furniture, people who were ready for new ideas about Orientalia, and people who couldn't afford the five- and six-figure prices routinely attached to classical Chinese pieces. This new variety has struck a surprisingly sympathetic chord with Western tastes, and the prices are still surprisingly low. It comes from 18th and 19th century China, the last days of the emperors, and expresses a sense of creative freedom, vigour, and visual elegance. Here are cabinets, tables, chairs, a...
Christies.  Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of An English Arcadia 2 Volume set.  W...
two volume catalogue was produced to accompany the sale of furniture, paintings and objects from the collection of Sir Simon Sainsbury (1930-2006) at Woolbeding, Midhurst, West Sussex. Many colour illustrations throughout. The introduction and cover illustrations were photographed by Tessa Traeger, who collaborated on a book on the gardens of Woolbeding with Sainsbury. Mint condition
Classic Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties
Insightful analysis of furniture construction techniques and materials;well illustrated. Useful for anyone atempting to identify or restore Chinese furniture from this era
Classic Contemporary: The DNA of Furniture Design
Tim Gosling is a British interior designer with an international reputation for designing exquisite interiors and beautifully crafted furniture for a range of public and private clients. Classic Contemporary showcases Gosling's recent work and gives the historical context for his designs, with archive drawings and photographs of the work of architects and designers whose work he admires. The book is structured by period, beginning with the eighteenth century and finishing in the twenty-first. Each chapter begins with one page that lists the Design Rules, the Materials and the Leading Figures associated with the era and ...
Classic English Design and Antiques: Period Style and Furnishings
A glorious celebration of the singular sophistication of English furniture, this lavishly illustrated volume features more than 150 objects from the world-class collection of Hyde Park Antiques--one of the most prestigious purveyors of objects from England's history--showcased among charming illustrations of period interiors, exquisite drawings from cabinet-makers' albums, and contemporary interiors from the world's luminary decorators, including Mario Buatta, Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss, and Cullman & Kravis, among many others. Five major styles from the periods between 1700 and 1830 are showcased in ...
Crafting Excellence: The Furniture of Nathan Lumbard and His Circle
When the inscription "Made by Nathan Lumbard Apl 20th 1800" was found in the late 1980s on a chest of drawers, the identity of an unknown craftsman suddenly surfaced. Crafting Excellence introduces the striking achievements of cabinetmaker Nathan Lumbard (1777 1847) and a small group of craftsmen associated with him. Working initially in the village of Sturbridge, Massachusetts, these artisans fashioned an array of objects that rank among the most colorful and creative of Federal America. Recent scholarship has revealed Lumbard's connection with the cabinetmaker Oliver Wight, from whom he likely learned his trade and ga...
Danish Furniture Design in the 20th Century (2 volume set)
2 volume book-set with the complete history of Danish furniture design in the 20th Century written by Professor Arne Karlsen. The book covers the entire period, from the foundations laid by the "Klint School" in the 1920's, through the "golden age" in the middle of the century which established so many of the great Danish furniture designers, and the legacy they left behind. Volume 1, 230 pages. Volume 2, 334 pages.
David Linley: Extraordinary Furniture
Selection of some the most bizarre and opulent pieces of furniture ever made, dating from medieval times to the modern day. Divided into five categories, the book is illustrated with photographs showing the pieces in their original settings.
Desire: The Shape of Things to Come
Design in the 21st century has liberated itself from industrial conditions and the associated physical demands. The clean and simplified designs of Minimalism, where less is more and form follows function, is widely practiced today but with new vigor and context. There is also an explosion of vibrant design today that breaks free from the minimal style of approach, prevailing in current design trends. With new technology, expanded choice of materials and a return to luxurious craftsmanship, designers are embracing design with scintillating attitude, challenging aesthetic boundaries and speculating new expressions in vis...
Directory of Historic Cabinet Woods by F Lewis Hinckley
New York: Bonanza Books, 1960. 186pp., 172 b. & w. illus. Illustrated gazetteer of 118 varieties of wood and their use in furniture. With introduction describing the features and treatment of hardwoods in general. One entry has been highlighted, otherwise internally bright and clean. Overall very good condition. Orig. cloth in dustjacket
Dupre Lafon: Decorateur des Millionnaires
Hardback book with dustjacket, text is in French, 206 pages full of photographs, illustrations and drawings which showcase much of his amazing talent both as an interior designer and decorator and as a designer of furniture. Lafon was well known for his brilliant use and combination of quality material such as exotic woods with fine Hermes leather (he also worked for Hermes during his career). A very scarce book.
Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740
This is the first account of the development of English furniture in the early Georgian period to be published for many years. It is based wherever possible on documented furniture, and draws heavily on contemporary documents as well as the latest published research. It discusses both stylistic influences and the technical advances in furniture making, and offers a reliable, soundly based chronology drawn from dated examples. The book begins with an account of the furniture-making industry in London, followed by chapters on cabinet-work, case furniture, seat furnitures, tables, stands and looking-glasses. It also has ap...
Eighteenth Century English Furniture: Norman Adams Collection
The book contains some 475 black and white and 56 colour photographs, accompanied by detailed and informative captions. The illustration of so many fine pieces, as well as unusual items, superbly photographed, would in itself have earned this book a place on the shelves of anyone seriously interested in the subject. But there is an added bonus. A firm like Norman Adams prospers by the skill of the selection in buying - a 'good eye' - and it is this essential facility, succinctly expressed in the captions to the pieces in this book, which will ensure its lasting reputation as an important work of reference.
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