Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture
The Furniture Society
Beautiful contemporary furniture, designed and made by 72 US woodworkers who are members of The Furniture Society, headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina. Seating, case furniture, and accessories demonstrate the healthy state of handmade furniture in which creativity abounds in thoughtful designs. Exotic and classic woods and other materials are used for original designs, as created by these women and men woodworkers. Inspirations for interior designers showcase useful and artistic forms. Also, the work of 13 juried students is included to encourage new talent, and they are fine works indeed.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 175+ color photos | Index | 160 pp
Bespoke: Furniture from 101 International Artists
E. Ashley Rooney With contributions by Gary Inman, Thomas Throop, and Lewis Wexler
A reaction to the disposable, mass-produced furniture born of the Industrial Revolution, custom designed studio and bespoke furniture has been around for many decades. Those who appreciate handcrafted excellence find this furniture adds richness and texture to interior design. This is substantial furniture that provides a satisfying visual and tactile impact. The experienced artisans who produce these useful works of art add handcrafted beauty to every piece. One hundred one artisans’ works are presented here from throughout the United States and around the world. Over 640 brilliant color photos reveal the unique and useful art objects each artisan creates to the readers. The engrossing text introduces readers to each of the artisans and their intentions. Readers will also find contact information for the artisans, their studios, and galleries. Three experts, Gary Inman, Thomas Throop, and Lewis Wexler, also contributed to the text.
Size: 9"x 12" | 669 color photos | Index | 224 pp
Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture
The movement to buy locally, which has gained momentum in the areas of produce and food, is now spreading to arts and crafts. Through the work of over seventy contemporary furniture makers, the role of place in the creative process is explored and celebrated. Whether in terms of materials, inspiration, or the interaction with customers, these artists are rooted in their surroundings. What springs from these roots is usually unique, often edgy, and always beautiful furniture and accessories. Over 150 examples of their work are shown in full color, with ample detail photographs so the reader gets an intimate look at the skill and artistic instincts of these makers. Essays by furniture makers and leaders in the craft world amplify the visual feast and help the reader understand the vision, motivation, and inspiration that give impetus to the artists and inform their work.