Furniture & Housewares

Humble Masterpieces: 100 Everyday Marvels of Design

From M & Ms to Post–It Notes, a charming and insightful collection of design marvels from everyday life, celebrated by the curator of the MoMA's department of architecture and design.

Every day we use dozens of tiny objects, from Post–It notes to Band–Aids. If they work well, chances are we do not pay them much attention. But although modest in size and price, some of these objects are true masterpieces of the art of design.

Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women

In kitchens and living rooms, in garages and labs and basements, even in converted chicken coops, women and girls have invented ingenious innovations that have made our lives simpler and better. Their creations are some of the most enduring (the windshield wiper) and best loved (the chocolate chip cookie). What inspired these women, and just how did they turn their ideas into realities?

 

Furniture Design

From history to theory to technology: a comprehensive survey of furniture design.

Designing furniture is both an art and a science that draws upon a broad range of knowledge and disciplines. It is helpful for today's furniture designers to have a working knowledge of furniture history, technology, aesthetics, the human body, architectural production, interior design, industrial design, and art. Furniture Design is a comprehensive survey that guides the reader through the essential facets of design and more.

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Furniture by Design: Lessons in Craftsmanship from a Master Woodworker

Unlike a lot of woodworking and furniture design books, Graham Blackburn does not just lay out the plans and dimensions and list the materials and tell you what to do. Instead, he discusses, in a very literate way, the basic tenets of design and furniture making, and writes with respect for the reader's ability to understand and succeed in designing his or her own furniture.

Matali Crasset: Works

An innovatively designed monograph on the work of Matali Crasset, one of France’s leading product designers. A darling of French industrial design, Matali Crasset has earned critical praise internationally with her unique spaces and products. Ranging from simple, ergonomic kitchen utensils to architecture, her work engages its end users by asking questions on the role design plays in their everyday lives.

Michael Graves Designs: The Art of the Everyday Objects

Michael Graves Designs: The Art of the Everyday Object is the inside account of Michael Graves' one-man design revolution. In creating more than one thousand objects for the home over the last three decades, the acclaimed architect has elevated everyday objects-from toasters to toilet brushes-into enduring icons that have redefined the American home.

The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

Where do our things really come from? China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know more. In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers. What is involved in extracting and processing materials? To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today: a toaster.

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design

The epitome of Modernist style and luxurious comfort, Charles and Ray Eames's leather-upholstered rosewood-veneered chair and matching ottoman, launched in 1956, is a design classic of the twentieth century. This major publication, celebrating the Lounge Chair's fiftieth anniversary, explores the design in detail and places it in its cultural, historical and social contexts, offering fresh insights into this revered icon and its equally revered creators.

 

America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth-Century Housewares

Changing American lifestyles brought about an evolution in housewares products. This book traces the developments in housing, the lives of women, and the retail environments involved, as well as providing information on inventors and entrepreneurs of the century. Includes bibliographical references.

Victoria Mantranga is an honorary member of IDSA.

Against the Grain: Bentwood Furniture from the Collection of Fern and Manfred Steinfeld

Wood can be bent into a vast range of configurations, making it a graceful and economical choice for furniture styles from the Biedermeier to the Bauhaus. This remarkably pliant material was also the stuff of broad transformations in aesthetics, design, manufacturing, and marketing. Furnishings by the Viennese companies Gebruder Thonet and Jacob & Josef Kohn tell the history of Modernism, from the Biedermeier era, Victorian eclecticism, the Secession and Art Nouveau to the 1930s International Style.

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