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Tradition in Contemporary Furniture

Tradition in Contemporary Furniture
Highland Item # 202726
Editors : Rick Mastelli and John Kelsey

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Tradition in Contemporary Furniture - The Furniture Society.

Studio furniture speaks in many ways. Through colors, textures, forms, functions, images, and ideas, great furniture enriches daily life. It contributes ease and order as well as energy and depth to contemporary interiors. Evolving from traditions cultivated through centuries of craftsmanship, and advancing today's important art movements, studio furniture makers build subtle and complex meaning into their designs. With beautiful color photos and thought-provoking essays, this book celebrates the best in studio furniture.

Everyone is familiar with the broad meanings expressed by traditional furniture: taste, comfort, wealth, and a certain sense of style. And it's not difficult to learn about its more specific vocabulary: The eighteenth-century mahogany sideboard conveys hospitality, its carved shell giving thanks for the bounty of the sea, while the curvaceous cabriole leg speaks to the search for ideal beauty. We're perhaps less familiar with the broad range of meanings expressed by contemporary studio furniture, a leading art form in a traditional medium. Through beautiful photos and intelligent essays, this second volume in the Furniture Studio series explores the evolution of traditional furniture in contemporary work.

The term "studio furniture" refers to work made one piece at a time or in small productions runs, by individuals and small teams of artisans, for functional reasons as well as artistic ones. Today&s studio furniture artists seek to widen the vocabulary of furniture and expand its range of meanings. Yet even as they advance current art movements, probe newly revealed functions, and incorporate such modern materials as aluminum and acrylic, they remain within a still-unfolding tradition.

Included are 44 pages of images that were juried from more than 1,000 submitted slides. Along with the other images in this book, more than 200 beautiful photos in all, they constitute a treasury of inspiring furniture.

ISBN 978-0-96710-041-8

144 pages, Paperback.

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Author: Tina Skinner

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