Synopses & Reviews
Today, a new generation of designers continues that tradition, creating pieces that are functional, comfortable, and visually appealing. This book, the first American summary of modern Scandinavian design in more than two decades, updates the history of design in the Nordic nations, and illustrates more than 500 of the best current furniture from over 70 producers, most of them in full color. It also includes detailed product specifications and sources, biographies of important Nordic designers, and a comprehensive bibliography. It will appeal to everyone with an interest in modern furniture, as well as designers, architects, collectors, and students with a special interest in Scandinavian design.
"Scandinavian furniture is an important element of...design history...it is impossible to imagine its being given a more thorough or...attractive presentation." Sandy McLendon Modernism Magazine
"[E]xcellent...[P]lenty of context...to appreciate how Scandinavian furniture defined a past era, and how it will likely define the future" E. M. Hansen
"500 carefully selected designs that also include the most up-to-date pieces that constitute the current revival in Nordic design....Recommended." Choice
The five countries known collectively as Scandinavia have been the source of some of the most important furniture designs of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Judith Gura is a professor at the New York School of Interior Design, where she directs the design history program and is coordinator of public programs. A graduate of Cornell University, she has a master's degree in the history of the decorative arts from the Bard Graduate Center. She has worked on exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her published works include New York Interior Design, 1935-1985, Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture, Guide to Period Styles for Interiors, Harvey Probber: Modernist Furniture, Artworks and Design, and Edward Wormley: The Other Face of Modernism. She is a contributing editor for Art+Auction, and lectures frequently on interior design and furniture styles.