Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies
Annual Journal of The Furniture Society, 2005. Editor: John Kelsey
A hundred years ago, at the advent of the machine age, furniture makers learned to use machines for what they do best, reserving hand tools for the beautiful details that characterize fine pieces. A similar synthesis is taking place today, as studio furniture makers learn to fit new digital tools and techniques into their old ways of thinking and working.
Essays and photos in this book show and discuss imaginative, beautifully made pieces of extraordinary contemporary furniture. Some of the featured artists have made the most of digital tools and techniques, while others have hardly begun. But as in past eras of rapid technological change, good work only gets better as it integrates new tools, new materials, new processes, and new ways of thinking.
You'll also find a thorough exploration of the commissioning process by which most people acquire studio furniture; galleries of new furniture by emerging makers as well as by students at the country's leading colleges; a comparative survey of the studio furniture scene in the United States, United Kingdom, and Scandinavia; exhibition reviews; and a surprising new look at seating posture with radical implications for chair design.
Plus 273 color photos of studio furniture.