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Furniture Studio: The Meaning of Craft

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Furniture Studio book 5

The Meaning of Craft

Making any kind of furniture relies upon careful design, fine materials, and exacting craftsmanship.  Scale, function, and detailing are critically important.  Yes the current interest in Minimalism has turned away from craft, igniting fierce debate about its role and meaning in art and interiors.  Studio furniture makers wrestle with this dilemma even as they infuse their work with meaning and value.  Readers interested in current trends in art, interiors, and architecture will be enlightened and entertained by the essays and photos in this book.

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Furniture Studio

The Meaning of Craft

Annual Journal of The Furniture Society, 2007.  Editor: John Kelsey

Making any kind of furniture relies upon careful design, fine materials, and exacting craftsmanship.  Scale, function, and detailing are critically important.  Yes the current interest in Minimalism has turned away from craft, igniting fierce debate about its role and meaning in art and interiors.  Studio furniture makers wrestle with this dilemma even as they infuse their work with meaning and value.  Readers interested in current trends in art, interiors, and architecture will be enlightened and entertained by the essays and photos in this book.

This fifth volume in the Furniture Studio series features:

  • An acerbic look at the intellectualization of the craft debate and its meaning for studio furniture
  • How the upcoming generation of young makers view the history of the craft and their place in it
  • How painters and sculptors apply craft values in contemporary art
  • What is the difference between furniture designed for artisanal manufacturing, versus furniture designed and made by the artist and his studio assistants
  • A photographic look at the amazing coherence and visual power that results when mature furniture artists take control of a complete interior
  • Superb photography of current exhibitions of American studio furniture inspired by Chinese antiques, furniture featuring new looks at the form and function of drawers, and studio furniture originating in the American Midwest
  • A photo profile of Tommy Simpson, winner of The Furniture Society's 2006 Award of Distinction
  • 200 stunning color photographs of contemporary studio furniture

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