Furniture History and Design
American Furniture: Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality
American Furniture
Understanding Styles, Construction, and Quality
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810942208

This book trains the reader to discern when, where, how, and even why an object was made. The inclusion of silver and paintings sets the furniture in context and the juxtaposition of genuine works and fakes enables the reader to judge quality and authenticity.

Arts & Crafts Design
Arts & Crafts Design
Paperback      ISBN: 0879056991

Originally published in 1916 when the Arts & Crafts movement was in its heyday, this is a virtual textbook of materials, color, techniques, and designs. Arts & Crafts Design is a practical guide to the creation of high-quality, high-style furnishings through the industrial arts.

In this relativistic age in which de gustilrie non disputandum est (it is undisputed that each person has their own sense of taste), it is refreshing to look back to the early twentieth century when at least a few people were certain that there are universal rules for good art and also that they had themselves mastered these precepts and could pass them on to a society that loved commonly held values. William H. Varnum was one of those people. He offers here a textbook that will, if followed, allow students to 'directly apply well-recognized principles of design to specific materials and problems.' No situation esthetics here. In fact, he followed these principles in designing the logos representing his tools and ratio system on the cover of his book.

The publisher of this new edition has added a useful foreword and substitued the title Arts and Crafts Design for the original (1916) Industrial Arts Design, an appropriate modification since the term industrial suggests factory production whereas Varnum referred to objects that today we call Craftsman--Rookwood pottery, Stickley furniture, Jarvie candlesticks, etc. A delightful touch is that Varnum included pictures of these objects alongside the principles by which he believed they were designed. Varnum's book offers an enlightening, if somewhat technical, insight into thinking about design before World War I. There is no doubt that the Arts and Crafts period during which the principles of simple beauty married so neatly with function can be better understood and appreciated today through Varnum's perceptions.

Robert Winter

C20th Furniture
C20th Furniture
Paperback      ISBN: 1842225219

Drawing on many different spiritual traditions and cultures, this handbook explores how to bring the best of Buddhism to your daily life. James Robbins guides readers through the sometimes bewildering crossroads of Eastern and Western spirituality, psychology, philosophy and science in search of new paths to self-improvement. He takes readers on a tour through the regions of the mind, heart and spirit to remind us who we really are. The volume encourages a dynamic and intuitive process of self-discovery, which favours spontaneity and individuality rather than rigidity and conformity.

Paperback      ISBN: 3822855073

This volume presents a selection of chairs from the Taschen title "1000 Chairs" in pocket book format. The ubiquitous chair - you're probably sitting in one right now, have a look - is shown in all its shapes and forms and glory.

Continental Church Furniture in England: A Traffic in Piety
Continental Church Furniture in England
A Traffic in Piety
Hardcover      ISBN: 185149376x

This is the first book on the history of the virtually unknown phenomenon of the importation of Continental church furniture into England since the early 19th century, fuelled by the Romantic mediaevalising enthusiasm of Pugin and the Catholic Revival, as well as the eccentric whims of the Anglican Squiresons. It is well illustrated throughout, with over 100 pieces, from pulpits to choir stalls, discussed in detail. There is also an invaluable gazeteer of the main English churches containing fragments of this material.

Craftsman of the Cumberlands: Tradition & Creativity
Craftsman of the Cumberlands
Tradition & Creativity
Paperback      ISBN: 081319038x

Why do people consider aesthetic qualities as well as utilitarian ones in the making of everyday objects? Why do they maintain traditions? What is the nature of their creative process? These are some of the larger questions addressed by Michael Owen Jones in his book on craftsmen in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Concentrating on the work of one man, woodworker and chairmaker Chester Cornett, Jones not only describes the tools and techniques employed by Cornett but also his aspirations and values. Cornett possessed a deep knowledge of his materials and a mastery of construction methods. Some of his chairs represent not objects of utility but aesthetic developments of the chair form. Cornett sought to cope with the problems of his life, Jones maintains; their massiveness provided a sense of security, the virtuosity of their design and construction, a feeling of self-esteem. Jones also compares other area craftsmen and their views about their work.

Hardcover      ISBN: 3836560216

The creative duo Charles Eames (1907-1978) and Ray Kaiser Eames (1912-1988) transformed the visual character of America. Though best known for their furniture, the husband and wife team were also forerunners in architecture, textile design, photography, and film.

The Eameses' work defined a new, multifunctional modernity, exemplary for its integration of craft and design, as well as for the use of modern materials, notably plywood and plastics. The Eames Lounge Chair Wood, designed with molded plywood technology, became a defining furniture piece of the 20th century, while the couple's contribution to the Case Study Houses project not only made inventive use of industrial materials but also developed an adaptable floor plan of multipurpose spaces which would become a hallmark of postwar modern architecture.

From the couple's earliest furniture experiments to their seminal short film Powers of Ten, this book covers all the aspects of the illustrious Eames repertoire and its revolutionary impact on middle-class American living.

About the series

Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN's Basic Architecture series features:

an introduction to the life and work of the architect

the major works in chronological order

information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions

a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings

approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)

Early L. & J. G. Stickley Furniture
Early L. & J. G. Stickley Furniture
Paperback      ISBN: 0486269264

A reprint of two rare catalogs (circa 1908-1910) of furniture makers - brothers of Gustav Stickley - who played a key role in the Arts & Crafts movement. Over 200 illustrations.

Eco Design: Furniture
Eco Design
by Dopress
Hardcover      ISBN: 841650458x

Following the huge demand in contemporary societies to decorate homes in a green style, this book offers a more environmentally conscious approach to design and production processes by presenting a wide range of furniture products made with natural materials as well as using recycling and more environment respecting technologies.

Eco Design: Furniture
Eco Design
Paperback      ISBN: 849281084x

There is a huge demand in contemporary societies to decorate their homes in a green style. Ecology and sustainable development have increasingly become significantly important topics in modern society. This book offers a more environmentally conscious approach to design thinking and process by presenting a wide range of recycling techniques and examples of using natural materials.