Sourcebook of Modern Furniture
A comprehensive guide to the most influential furniture and lighting designs of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, updated and expanded, with color throughout. Works by hundreds of prominent designers, including Alvar Aalto, Vignelli Associates, Aldo Rossi, Le Corbusier, and Paolo Nava, pack the pages. Over 2,000 important pieces arranged by type of furniture or fixture make this book the go-to guide for students and historians of modern furniture, as well as an essential tool for interior designers. Each entry gives the details of the design: date, model name or number, manufacturer, materials, and dimensions.
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I paid about 100 bucks for this one in '97 and have seen a return on that investment many times. It is still my go-to reference when I am at a total loss for making an i.d. Mine is modified with hand written cross-references, magazine pictures, and at least a couple of, what I believe to be, solid corrections (It's the Health chair by Ironrite not the "work chair' by "Ironite" ....) I have sold most of my library but this book is sticking with me.