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1000 Chairs (Italian) Paperback – Special Edition, Mar 2005


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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Special edition edition (Mar 2005)
  • Language: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • ISBN-10: 3822841048
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822841044
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 14.5 x 4.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte J. and Peter Fiell run a design consultancy in London specializing in the sale, acquisition, study and promotion of design artifacts. They have lectured widely, curated a number of exhibitions and written numerous articles and books on design and designers, including TASCHEN's Charles Rennie Mackintosh, William Morris, Design of the 20th Century, and Industrial Design A-Z. They also edited the six-volume Decorative Arts series published by TASCHEN.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is one of the more comprehensive of its kind and features 1000 of the historically most important chairs (and a handful of sofas, chaise longues, etc.). It begins in 1808 and goes on right into the current millenium and will pretty much feature every important designer piece.

In typical Taschen style it is trilingual (English, German, French), has a short introduction on the evolution of the chair, the styles, etc. and then delves into the body - i.e. the 1000 chairs - which get a picture each, a description of the materials used, year first produced, manufacturer / designer and a short text on where the chairs fit in or what the designer was trying to achieve. Many chairs get a full page to themselves, with some pages featuring two chairs by the same designer (how you fit 1000 chairs onto ca. 600 pages).

The book is very useful for getting interior decoration ideas, will be a must have / must know for a design student and is a good source for identifying chairs you have seen elsewhere. Speaking of which, the chairs are arranged by year of first manufacture, and while there is an alphabetical index at the back, that will only help if you kow the chair's or designer's name, otherwise be prepared for frequent thumbing through to find what you are looking for - a spotters book this is not.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for learning about everything from period styles of the 20th Century to the context in which every chair in this period was designed. Short biografies of the most important designer/architects is also included. The book contains very professional photographs and is a must-have to everyone that is the slightest bit interested in design. Nothing is missing from this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jan 2000
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this book is th most comprehensive of its type and i would strongly reccommend it to anyone who needs to do any design reseach. excellent across theboard
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By statuescher on 3 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
A great reference for anyone involved in design or interiors. Most of the classics are here plus some obscurities. The histories and explanations are quite brief though so mainly a picture reference.
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