INTERIORS, FURNITURE, AND PRODUCT DESIGN

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“Constant throughout the design and fabrication process is an intellectual rigor in which a maker fully invests him- or herself in order to realize an idea.” - Edward S. Cook

  

Speaking of Furniture

Conversations with 14 American Masters

Published by The Artist Book Foundation
Preface by Warren Eames Johnson, Bebe Pritam Johnson. Foreword by Edward S. Cooke, Jr. Introduction by Roger Holmes.

Featured image, Judy Kensley McKie's "Pyramid Chest" (2010) is reproduced from <I>Speaking of Furniture</I>.An engaging history and examination of the studio furniture movement, Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters is an informative, firsthand presentation of the creative processes of 14 diverse and highly accomplished artisan furniture makers: James Krenov, Wendell Castle, Jere Osgood, Judy Kensley McKie, David Ebner, Richard Scott Newman, Hank Gilpin, Alphonse Mattia, John Dunnigan, Wendy Maruyama, James Schriber, Timothy S. Philbrick, Michael Hurwitz and Thomas Hucker. Through these insightful and wide-ranging interviews, each describes his or her evolution as a furniture maker and reveals a uniquely personal approach to a craft characterized by its delicate and vital balance of concept and functionality.
In his foreword, Edward S. Cooke, Jr., provides a succinct analysis of the American Studio Furniture movement and how the individuality of its practitioners contrasts with the constraints and task-specific demands of the traditional furniture trade. Author and furniture maker Roger Holmes offers an insider's perspective on the art and craft of producing exquisite contemporary furniture in his conversational Introduction and maintains that "art or craft, this is very personal work" while emphasizing "the fundamental connection between hand, mind, and the making of things." The extraordinary range of exquisite and eclectic works presented in Speaking of Furniture is a feast for the eyes and a testimony to the makers' professionalism and mastery of their craft.

Featured image, Judy Kensley McKie's "Pyramid Chest" (2010) is reproduced from Speaking of Furniture.

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A.R Michelson

Speaking of Furniture presents insightful interviews between gallery owners Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson and 14 master furniture makers they have represented-- all core, second-generation figures in the scantily examined American Studio Furniture movement. Dating from 1991, the transcripts focus on each designer's biography and reasons for entering te field; problems delayed publication, but each interview contains a coda updating the subject's professional views in 2011. Each designer considers whether furniture making is art, prompting one to seek radically new forms and concepts; or a craft, directing one to produce utilitarian objects consistent with prototypical forms. While their viewpoints vary, the subjects selected retain homogeneous characteristics, lacking much diversity of race, gender, or geography... This book provides excellent insight into a little-explored field.

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