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Scandinavian modern furnishing, 1930-1970 : designed for life
Ellison, Michael.
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Publication Information:
Schiffer Pub : Atglen, PA, [2002]

Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 x 29 cm.
General Note:
"With price guide".
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NK2579 .E44 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In the middle of the twentieth century, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, four countries with a total population no larger than New York City, impacted the world of design to a degree never before seen and unlikely to be repeated. Scandinavian Modern design already had a solid domestic audience, and the Post-World War II American consumer was ready for the distinctive style and the fine quality it offered.With a focus on more than 60 designers, this extensively researched book presents the furniture and household objects - especially those of wood and metal. of the Scandinavian Modern style, beginning in the 1930s and culminating in the 1970s. Hundreds of photographs and a comprehensive introduction, historical timeline, and appendices of furniture makers and designers, distributors, and sources are included. Detailed captions with current prices, a large bibliography, and an index make this book a valuable reference and a must for all collectors, dealers, and researchers of Scandinavian design.

Author Notes

Michael Ellison collects and deals in Scandinavian and other modern furnishings in Sarasota, Florida. Leslie Pi#65533;a, a college professor, has written and co-authored many books and articles on decorative arts and design. She lives in Ohio.

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Library Journal Review

These three books together provide a look at 20th-century modernist design, from accessories to furniture to homes. Beginning with early modernist design, Hoban covers pre-World War II, mid-century, pop, and postmodern interior and personal accessories, such as ceramics, glass, textiles, jewelry, and graphic design. She emphasizes furniture and includes information on a selection of designers and design movements. Ellison, a collector and dealer in Scandinavian and other modern furnishings, gives a comprehensive view of modern Scandinavian furniture, with an alphabetical listing of designers that includes a brief biography, notable designs, and color photographs of their work. Appendixes include information on manufacturers and their designers and an international source guide to this furniture style. The furniture and accessories displayed in these two books would be welcome in the houses shown by Weaving and Freedman. The authors provide a history of the modernist architectural style, a review of the major architects, and contemporary modernist houses, concluding with a list of those open to the public. All three books are recommended for professional, academic, and large interior design collections, with Hoban's book also recommended for public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 8
Timelinep. 16
Alvar Aalto and Aino Marsio Aaltop. 26
Eero Aarniop. 38
Torbjorn Afdalp. 42
Folke Arstromp. 43
Sigvard Bernadottep. 44
Hans Brattrudp. 45
Brockman-Petersenp. 46
Gunnar Cyrenp. 47
Jorgen Dahlerup and Gert Holbekp. 50
Tias Eckhoffp. 51
Yngve Ekstromp. 52
Bjorn Engop. 53
Sven-Erik Fryklundp. 54
Piet Heinp. 55
Poul Henningsenp. 56
Erik Herlowp. 59
Jorgen Hovelskovp. 60
Peter Hvidt and Orla Molgaard-Nielsenp. 61
Arne Jacobsenp. 70
Grete Jalkp. 77
Borge Jensenp. 81
Finn Juhlp. 82
Bodil Kjaerp. 89
Poul Kjaerholmp. 90
Kaare Klintp. 100
Jan Lunde Knudsenp. 101
Ib Kofod-Larsenp. 102
Nils Koppel and Eva Ditlevson Koppelp. 105
Herbert Krenchelp. 106
Osten Kristiannson and Uno Kristiannsonp. 107
Mogens Lassenp. 108
Erik Lehmannp. 109
Bo Ljungberg and Holger Backstromp. 110
Bruno Mathssonp. 111
Borge Mogensenp. 113
Arne Norellp. 120
Folke Ohlssonp. 121
Hans Olsenp. 123
Vernor Pantonp. 124
Godtfred Petersenp. 138
Olof Pirap. 139
Jens Quistgaardp. 140
Jorgen Rasmussenp. 143
Jens Risomp. 146
Eero Saarinenp. 148
Eliel Saarinenp. 152
Holm Sorensen and Svend Aagep. 156
Abel Sorensonp. 157
Magnus Stephensenp. 158
Alf Svenssonp. 159
Ilmari Tapiovaarap. 160
Paavo Tynellp. 164
Kristian Vedelp. 167
Arne Vodderp. 168
Poul Voltherp. 172
Ole Wanscherp. 173
Hans Wegnerp. 174
Illum Wikkelsop. 188
Tapio Wirkkalap. 189
Vilhelm Wohlertp. 193
Who?p. 194
Appendix A Furniture Makers and Their Designers 1930-1970p. 211
Appendix B U.S.A. Furniture Distributors and Their Scandinavian Manufacturer Clients 1930-1970p. 224
Appendix C Source Guidep. 226
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 236