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Danish Chairs [Paperback]

Noritsugu Oda
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1 Dec 1998
Danish Chairs is the only book to survey the innovative, prolific output of Denmark''s design elite durin g the years when they turned again and again to the chair. E ach style is shown, accompanied by technical details and not es about the designer. '

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811822575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811822572
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 21.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,393,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reviews from: THE MODERNISM MAGAZINE I.D. MAGAZINE by Cara Greenberg The greatest revelation of "Danish Chairs" by Noritsugu Oda is that Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner were only the tip of the iceberg. Great Danes in chair design were many and this book includes unfamiliar names like Helge Vestergaard Jensen, designer of an extraordinary 1955 nylon-cord "racket" chair, and Edvard and Tove Kindt-Larsen, prolific in Denmark from the 1930s through '50s, but unknown in the U.S.; variants on familiar designs, like Poul Kjaerhom's easy chair of 1971, a wooden-legged version of this more common steel-and-leather designs; and rarely-seen pieces by well-known designers such as Finn Juhl's extravagantly shaped pelican chair of 1940. A preface by Takako Murakami, elegantly translated from the Japanese, goes a long way toward explaining how the Japanese bring such a fresh and clear eye to the subject of chairs. Their fascination with the Western furniture form seem only natural when one considers that the chair made its appearance in Japan only forty years ago. Oda, a professor of arts and crafts at Hokkaido University, documents the spare perfection of Danish chair design from the early twentieth century to the present decade in uniformly lit. 360-degree views of some 200 chairs, accompanied by the author's schematic line drawings. Why the Danes? Denmark in the twentieth century possessed all the necessary conditions for the development of excellence in furniture design, argues Murakami: "a far-reaching understanding of traditional woodworking and modern engineering techniques, the presence of highly trained craftspeople...the unparalleled creativity of its designers and their recognition of consumer's needs and desires." On perusing "Danish Chairs, " we can only marvel at a small nation's consistency in producing cultural artifacts of such exceptional craftsmanship, beauty, and utility. by Jonah Brucker-CohenThere's no mistaking th

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Noritsugu Oda is a professor in the arts and crafts department of Hokkaido University in Japan. Formerly an illustrator, he has won 26 awards in the field of advertising.

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Noritsugu Oda is a man that should already be well known to anyone with an interest in Danish chairs from the 20th century.
He has with this book produced a truly inspired piece crammed full of info, pictures and drawings of an amazing number of the most outstanding chairs by some of the most influential designers in Scandinavia.
Buy this book if you have the slightest interest in Scandinavian design... it's a must have.
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By Tad Deutsch - Published on Amazon.com
A compilation of chairs from Danish designers; Danish Chairs is an invaluable source for the Danish enthusiast. It provides multiple views of every piece and gives a short biography for each designer. It is an informative reference for any collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reference guide for collectors and enthusiasts alike. 28 Feb 2011
By camomile reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautiful photography and detailed biographical information about the designers of the chairs. I can't think of a better way to describe it than furniture porn. If you are a serious collector or dealer of Danish Modern furniture this is a must for your reference library.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for danish design 5 Sep 2013
By Greg Klassen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. Beautiful photography, descriptions and a large selection of danish chairs. I am a professional furniture maker and this book continues to provide inspiration after several years in my library.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 14 Aug 2005
By S. Chilcott - Published on Amazon.com
Well laid out book, with good details on a wide range of danish chairs. Clear, large pictures, excellent useful text. Valuable to any researcher. What more could one say?

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