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Mid-Century Modern Complete

Mid-Century Modern Complete

By: Dominic Bradbury

Published: 2014
ISBN: 9780500517277
Number Of Pages: 544
$79.80 (33% of RRP $120.00)

This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. It covers furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters, as well as architecture and interior design.

Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, including icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer. An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organizations, schools and movements.

Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have acquisition for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home.

About the Author

Dominic Bradbury is a design writer who contributes to numerous publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Financial Times, House & Garden, Elle Decoration and Dwell.

Mid-Century Modern

Icons of Design

By: Frances Amblerw

Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780500022030
Number Of Pages: 200
$17.50

Mid-Century Modern remains one of the most popular, collectable, and dynamic styles of international design. This gift book features original illustrations of iconic mid-century designs, from Eames chairs to Poul Henningsen lamps and George Nelson clocks, all rendered in a distinctive graphic style.

Featuring more than 90 pieces by over 60 designers and design duos, Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design is arranged chronologically, and includes chairs, tables, storage, lighting, and product and industrial designs. On each spread, a stylish illustration of the piece is accompanied by a concise overview; an index of models, designers and manufacturers makes the book a useful reference.

Inspired by one of the most iconic eras of modern design, this covetable gift book brings a touch of Mid-Century Modern style into any home.

Featherston

By: Geoff Isaac

Published: 2017
ISBN: 9780500501108
Number Of Pages: 288
$50.7 (27% off RRP $70.00)

This is the first book to celebrate the life and work of Grant Featherston (1922–1995), the Melbourne-based industrial designer most well known for his Contour chairs. This collection was designed and developed in the early 1950s and remains highly sought after by mid-century collectors in Australia and overseas – often fetching $10,000 or more at auction.

Featherston, later joined by his second wife, Mary, designed hundreds of chairs over the next thirty years; however, this astonishing Australian industrial design partnership has gone largely uncelebrated until now. Featherston focuses on the chairs produced between 1947 and 1975 and presents a new biography of the designer, drawn from archival research and interviews with his peers. It is extensively illustrated with over 250 beautiful photographs and includes a selection from the previously unpublished personal achieve of Ian Howard, the former Managing Director of Melbourne-based manufacturer Aristoc.

About the Author

Geoff Isaac is a collector and independent design historian based in Sydney. He is Australia’s foremost expert on the work of Grant and Mary Featherston and the manufacturer that realised many of their designs, Aristoc. Isaac’s expertise has been sought by museum curators, dealers and collectors across Australia.

Furniture Boom

Mid-Century Modern Danish furniture 1945-1975

By: Lars Dybdahl
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Published: 2019
ISBN: 9788793604124
Number Of Pages: 384
$79.80 (33% of RRP $120.00)

A richly illustrated presentation of Danish Mid-Century furniture classics and the iconic designers who created them

Danish design plays an important part in what has come to be known as the Mid- Century Modern style. Timeless furniture pieces, such as the Hans J. Wegner’s Y-Chair and Finn Juhl’s Chieftain Chair, influenced designers all over the world and are still considered classics. This book is the first to present an overview of the furniture created by Danish designers and architects, in the period between 1945–1975, tracing the movement from beginning to end.

Design history expert Lars Dybdahl provides thorough descriptions and analyses of particular furniture pieces, never failing to situate them within a historical and cultural context. The book is richly illustrated, showcasing the aesthetic development from post-war Denmark to the swinging sixties and seventies.

About the Author

Lars Dybdahl is Head of Library and Research at Design Museum Denmark. He is the author of various books on Danish design, such as the recently published 101 Danish Design Icons (2016) and Dansk Design Nu (2016).

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