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Modern Furniture Classics

Postwar to Post-Modernism


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Modern Furniture Classics by Charlotte Fiell
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Containing some of the most spectacular colour photographs of furniture ever published, this stunning book presents a complete visual history of furniture design since the end of the Second World War. It begins in 1945 with such achievements as the highly sculptural plywood chairs of Charles and Ray Eames, who were among the first to use organic shapes derived from the natural world. Revolutionary 1950s designs, including Harry Bertoia's wire Diamond chairs - 'studies in space, form and metal' - and Eero Saarinen's futuristic Pedestal Group, were followed in the late 1950s by the rise of consumerism - and the eccentricities of kitsch - which in turn gave way in the 1960s to the explosion of Pop culture. The following decades were equally rich, with the development of Counter Design by Ettore Sottsass, the factory lights and scaffolding supports of High-Tech, the Craft Revival, Art Furniture, Ergonomic styling, and much else, with each trend continuing to show intriguing national and regional differences. Concluding with the best of current design, this fascinating survey has been since its first publication the standard work on the furniture of the entire period. Every piece includ

Author Biography

Charlotte and Peter Fiell are leading authorities on 20th-century design and have written numerous books on the subject. Together they run a design consultancy in London.
Release date NZ
September 17th, 2001
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
203 Illustrations, black and white; 144 Illustrations, color
Thames & Hudson Ltd
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