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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811822575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811822572
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,748 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 the look of an early modern Danish chair: strong but spare architecture with elegant, organic curves. Mid-century Danish designers felt a moral obligation to improve the quality of the consumer's life, and they did so through uncompromising craftsmanship. With diagrams and photos (most in black-and-white, but some in color), Oda gives a full 360-degree view of each chair, brief but often fascinating descriptions and a concise bio of every innovator whose work is included. The author's passion for the material is obvious: It took him 12 years to take all the photos for this book, and the better part of a lifetime to collect the chairs.

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2001
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Superb 18 Feb. 2000
By Tad Deutsch - Published on
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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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Outstanding reference guide for collectors and enthusiasts alike. 28 Feb. 2011
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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.
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Great resource for danish design 5 Sept. 2013
By Greg Klassen - Published on
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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.
Excellent Resource 14 Aug. 2005
By S. Chilcott - Published on
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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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