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Artisan Design

Collectible Furniture in the Digital Age

Judith Gura


The first publication to collect the work of more than 140 contemporary designers of the very best limited-edition studio furniture


Exclusivity and new forms of craftmanship in design are becoming highly prized in a world that is returning to the values of authentic making, but new technology and material use have changed the definition of ‘handmade’ and increased the desirability of furniture items as objects of function and beauty. This ambitious overview of contemporary studio furniture celebrates the achievements of an international selection of designers producing works of individual artistic expression that sit as comfortably in museums as they do in domestic settings.

Featuring hundreds of stunning and unusual pieces, from finely finished tables and chairs made from natural materials to experimental furniture that straddles the boundary between craft and art, this is the only comprehensive survey of its kind. Covering a wide range of design themes reflecting the broad spectrum of practices around the world, this richly illustrated publication is an essential resource for design connoisseurs, collectors, and anyone interested in bespoke furniture design.

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'Gura skillfully highlights the changes that the craft has seen through decades ... Design enthusiasts will want this on their coffee tables'
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Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 28.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 400 pp

Illustrations: 680

Publication date: 7 October 2021

ISBN: 9780500022443

Contents List

1. The Studio Craft Movement: Pioneers • 2. The Late Twentieth Century: Explorers • 3. The Twenty-First Century: Nature; Wood; Metal; Melded; Geometric; Biomorphic; Concept; Expressing; Tongue-in-Cheek; Ecology; Process; Interiors

About the Author

Judith Gura (1935–2020) was a design historian and author whose books include A History of Interior Design (as co-author), Design After Modernism (2012), Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture (2007) and Postmodern Design Complete (2017, Thames & Hudson). She was on the faculty of the New York School of Interior Design and taught at Pratt Institute and FIT. A contributing editor to Art + Auction for many years, she also curated exhibitions at the New York School of Interior Design and worked on exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum.