Nomadic furniture: how to build and where to buy lightweight furniture that folds, collapses, stacks, knocks-down, inflates or can be thrown away and re-cycled: Being both a book of instruction and a catalog of access for easy moving

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Pantheon Books, 1973 - Art - 149 pages
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During it's time, this book was one of the few resources in the early 1970s that consumers could use to find alternative ways of coping with an increasingly mobile lifestyle. It offers commentary and suggestions (even construction plans and working ideas) on how to build your own furniture, or source lightweight alternatives, to better cope with an American society that was constantly on the move.
Sure, there are a lot of aspects to this book that seem dated now in retrospect. After all, it's 40 years later and we've since come to recognize and adapt many of the concepts this book initially introduced. Some of the plans and ideas contained in this book are still quite usable and effective. Some have been superseded by manufacturers efforts and an increase in consumer options that didn't exist when the book was originally published.
The spirit in which the book was first created is still very much alive and flourishing. DIY culture has exploded with the ability to share information and resources on the Internet and social media sites, not to mention extremely popular DIY magazines like "Ready Made" for example.
I grew up with all of the furniture contained in both books, Nomadic Furniture and Nomadic Furniture 2. In fact, I'm pictured on the cover of Nomadic Furniture 2 (at the age of 4) and most of the photographs in the books were taken by my mother.
Read the book with the knowledge that it encapsulates a consumer thinking that was only in its infancy at the time the book was written. You'll be surprised at how much has changed and how much hasn't.
 

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2.5 stars. This book is extraordinarily dated. A large portion of the projects are built using PVC or Cardboard (or both), and encourages the use of things like waterbeds (HAHAHAHAHAH) or beanbag ... Read full review

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