The History of Furniture

The History of Furniture

Twenty-five Centuries of Style and Design in the Western Tradition

Book - 1999
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Baker & Taylor
Surveys the history, style, and design of furniture from ancient times to the present, presented with more than six hundred photographs and drawings

Blackwell North Amer
In surveying the development of furniture from antiquity to the present day, John Morley focuses on the Western traditions, but he includes the outside influences of China and Japan, India, Egypt, and Africa. His bravura analysis reveals connections between pieces of furniture, such as the direct line from antiquity to a neoclassical French commode, a Biedermeier dressing table, and a twentieth-century bois clair cocktail cabinet.
The story is shaped by a conflict between "classical" and "anti-classical," order and fantasy, and includes the wild extravagances of exotic styles. We see how the simple challenge of making a chair to sit on could generate a huge variety of forms, depending not only on comfort and convenience but also on changing fashion in interiors, as well as motifs, ornaments, and ideas from the worlds of politics, religion, architecture, and the fine arts. Works by famous designers - Boulle, Chippendale, Riesener, Mackintosh, Eames - appear clearly in the context of the stylistic ideals of their times, and nearly 700 illustrations are closely integrated into the text.

Baker
& Taylor

Collectors and students of furniture design will enjoy this survey of the history, style, and design of furniture from ancient times to the present, presented with more than six hundred revealing photographs and drawings. 17,500 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Company, c1999
Edition: 1st North American ed
ISBN: 9780821226247
082122624X
Branch Call Number: 749.2 MOR
Characteristics: 352 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 32 cm

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