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Sourcebook of Modern Furniture [Hardcover]

Jerryll Habegger , Joseph H. Osman

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29 July 2005
Expanded and updated, with over 2,000 important pieces arranged by type of furniture or fixture, this is the guidebook 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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  • Hardcover: 788 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 3rd Revised edition edition (29 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393731707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393731705
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 22.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 770,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Modern furniture enthusiasts will feel like they are in a candy store perusing...The Sourcebook of Modern Furniture. --Shelley Shepherd-Klaner"

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Comprehensive Guide to Modern Furniture 5 April 1998
By Sean Lucey (sl@tgg.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Habegger and Osman offer up one of the most comprehensive guides to the furniture of the Modern Age. Close up photography accompanies most entries in this massive hardcover volume. A welcome addition to your library, this book has it all- Frank Lloyd Wright and his visionary lighting and Asian-influenced low horizontal lines; Charles and Ray Eames; George Nelson; and the masters of the Modern manifesto, Herman Miller and the soon to be classic Aeron chair. I have dozens of modern design books which I've collected over the years leading up to the recent ressurgence in popularity of retro-fifties design, and if I could keep just one this would be it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars time for an upgrade 8 Jan 2000
By Ping Lim - Published on Amazon.com
Undoubtedly, this is one of the best reference book re modern furniture on the market place. Having said that, the readers should be aware that this edition is 4 years old. Some of the modern furnitures listed have since become modern classics & many important pieces after 1996 are not listed in here. For example, the working chair produced by Steelcase that is comparable with Aeron chair without its high price tag, Solo sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia, Vitra & Kartell ranges by Philippe Starck, more lightings by Ingo Maurer & the list could go on & on. Moreover, the authors could include pertinent website & e-mail address for suppliers & manufacturers on top of the snail mail addresses that were provided. It also would be more attractive if the book is printed in colour. Overall, it remains a substantial book. PS: Has the author ever considered updating the book online?
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When the best gets better!!! 13 Aug 2003
By Patricia Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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As predicted, the 3rd edition is OFF THE HOOK!!! The 3rd edition, published in 2005, has close to 700 new entries. Nearly half of the photos are in color and the authors have included web site information for manufacturers. This latest edition is in the collection of prominent museums and academic institutions across the globe, especially universities which have significant design and architecture programs. This is certainly a must have edition for the intellectually astute connoisseur of furniture and design.

BTW, many of the listed reviews are referring to the 2nd edition which is now 10 years old!!! Check to be sure which edition other reviewers are referring to before making a purchase decision...you wouldn't want to miss out!!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd Criteria for "Modern" 9 July 2003
By None - Published on Amazon.com
I was disappointed with the book and returned it. Nothing by Robsjohn Gibbings. Nothing by Harvey Probber. Only a single piece by Wormley. Only two by Finn Juhl. Instead, the selection seems weighted heavily toward austere Italian designs of metal and glass, esp. those produced in the 1960s and later. I did not expect the editors to show such a lack of interest in wood. And given the book's definitive-sounding title, I did not expect them to adopt such an rigid and uninteresting definition of "modern."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern means... 28 July 2001
By "dazyner" - Published on Amazon.com
When anything is modern, it means that it's from this era=this time=now. But also, "MODERN" things point to the design movement that grew from the 1920's Modernism movement. That is why many of the Modern pieces such as Charles and Ray Eames pieces are considered "classic", despite the tag("Modern Furniture") that follows them. So I think this book shows great examples of furniture designs from Modernism era and its following influences. I disagree with Ping Lim about not having shown all the recent great works, because I think Karim Rashid and Aeron chair are considered either post post modern or futurism, not modernism.
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