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The New Artisans: Handmade Designs for Contemporary Living

by Olivier Dupon
 

Showcases work by designers and makers who use craft techniques rather than mass-production methods to create stylish, whimsical, covetable objects.
The practice of handmade craft has undergone a huge resurgence in recent times. This book captures the new mood—a return to the unique and the artisanal.
The first part of the book profiles over seventy

Overview

Showcases work by designers and makers who use craft techniques rather than mass-production methods to create stylish, whimsical, covetable objects.
The practice of handmade craft has undergone a huge resurgence in recent times. This book captures the new mood—a return to the unique and the artisanal.
The first part of the book profiles over seventy international artisans who represent an astonishing array of crafts. The profiles include information on what inspires each artisan and how they create their products, often in innovative or eco-conscious ways.
The second part of the book consists of an invaluable directory of products, divided into categories: art, ceramics, furniture, glasswork, jewelry, lighting, metalwork, paper and woodwork, stationery, tableware, and textiles. More than 800 color photographs illustrate the huge variety of design work on offer—exquisite paper flowers, handthrown pots and jugs, beaded necklaces, folk-inspired knitted scarves, handblown chandeliers, wooden table lamps, embroideries, and more. Resources include: contact details for the artisans, recommendations of shops, websites, and blogs to visit.

Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Review of Books
“. . . a fine pick for those who have developed a romance with the ways of human craftsmanship.”
DesiretoInspire.net
“A must have book. A beautiful, simple celebration of the handmade and the one of a kind.”
Marthastewart.com
“Featured in “Our Finds””
Library Journal
As handmade objects gain popularity in home design and fashion circles, the bloggers documenting the trend are increasingly turning to print. This title by art and design blogger Dupon (dossier37.tumblr.com) joins the likes of Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge at Home. He profiles 75 international artisans who embody contemporary aesthetics and modern craftsmanship. While the conversational essays that describe the studio practices of each artisan are enlightening, the stylish annotated photographs are the book's main attraction. The profiles are followed by a comprehensive illustrated directory organized by material type and object functionality. The represented artisans work with materials including textiles, ceramics, wood, paper, metal, and mixed media. Many are environmentally conscious and have created innovative ways to reclaim found objects and recycle scraps of material to make truly one-of-a-kind items. A list of websites for each artist and a short list of recommended shops make this a comprehensive resource. VERDICT Readers interested in the latest home design trends and alternative fashion will be inspired as they browse though this picture-perfect book.—Shannon Marie Robinson, Univ. of the Arts Libs., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500515853
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/07/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Olivier Dupon began his career at Christian Dior, then worked as a buyer and now scouts international markets in search of exciting practitioners of design/art/craft. His books include The New Artisans, The New Pâtissiers, The New Artisans II and Shoe: Contemporary Footwear by Inspiring Designers.

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