The Best Tables, Chairs, Lights: Innovation and Invention in Design Products for the Home

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RotoVision, 2001 - Design - 448 pages
"Hundreds of color photographs, many taken especially for this book, reveal state-of-the-art of tables, chairs and lights as they have been distinctively interpreted by some of the most talented and accomplished designers in the world. Their work presses the boundaries of imagination, art and design." "The book shows how, during the last few decades, a shift has occurred from the manipulation of traditional materials through traditional means to the experimentation and exploration of advanced materials through advanced means. However, the use of established media (such as wood, metals and stone) had not been abandoned, merely rethought and reconfigured with imagination." "This book features the work of designers worldwide - including those from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, Scandinavia, Spain, and the USA." "The work is presented through the means of a clear, colorful coded graphic system that was developed by Mel Byars especially for RotoVision. This organizes the examples into easy-to-find categories."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Design historian Mel Byars is a teacher and lecturer and the author of numerous books on twentieth century and contemporary furniture design. He has contributed articles to a number of magazines and journals including Blueprint, Echoes, Graphis, I.D. and Metropolitan Home. He is the editorial director of

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