Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters
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Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters

by Warren Eames Johnson
     
 
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

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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.

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CHOICE - 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780988855717
Publisher:
The Artist Book Foundation
Publication date:
11/30/2013
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Based in East Hampton, New York, Pritam & Eames is associated with the finest work in American furniture making since 1981. As the country's oldest established gallery connected with the American studio furniture movement, they represent a distinguished group of artist-craftspeople. Edward S. Cooke, Jr. is the Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University. He has served as director of the Yale Center for the Study of American Art and Material Culture since 1992 and served as the Chair of the department from 2000 to 2006. Roger Holmes, author and furniture maker, manages a workshop in Lincoln, NE, where he combines traditional handwork and contemporary technology. Author of The Woodworker's Companion, he has been an editor for Fine Woodworking magazine and has written extensively on furniture and furniture making.

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