Ross Samson

Not me, but there's something of me in this.
Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (170 of 176)
Location: Glasgow United Kingdom


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Arts and Crafts Furniture by Kevin P. Rodel
Arts and Crafts Furniture by Kevin P. Rodel
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
One author, Kevin Rodel, is a furniture maker, specialising in the Arts & Crafts style (as am I). Fortunately, dovetails and through tenons are almost absent from the book (p. 125 being the exception). Instead, Rodel and Binzen's text betrays the sharpest designers' eyes I've seen in the copious literature on the movement. Seeing Charles Limbert's cafe chair next to one of Charles Mackintosh's Willow Tea Room chairs was an eye opener, but couldn't prepare me for seeing the well-known Ellis inlay on Gustav Stickley's 1902-03 furniture next to a Mackintosh linen press of 1895: "a direct translation of custom hardware" (p. 100).
. Much of the structure of the book rests on places and… Read more
Scottish Stained Glass: Making the Colours Sing (D&hellip by Michael Donnelly
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
With an emphasis on the period 1880 to 1910, this book is a must for anyone who is looking for superb stained glass examples of the Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau periods. As it happens, the examples are all drawn from Scotland (and mostly from the west coast because Glasgow style was so much better than that produced in dull conservative Edinburgh). There is no such book for stained glass in England for the period that I know of, more is the pity. So this book will just have to stand in for the whole of Britain. I take this book to show my customers examples of leaded glass to give them inspiration. It is, alas, the ONLY book of any use for this purpose. When a cheap secondhand copy comes… Read more
Beautiful Necessity: Decorating with Arts & Crafts by Yoshiko Yamamoto
There are many books devoted to the American Arts & Crafts but this one creates its own little niche.
In the USA there are collectors and enthusiasts who are keen to restore their 1900 home to its former glory. This book is partly an interpretation of what it meant, historically, to decorate in the Arts & Crafts style and partly a guide to doing it again today (and to that end there is an 18-page long appendix with contact details of makers and retailers, which alone could easily make the book worth buying for north American customers).
With chapter titles such as "Space", "Function", and "The machine and the amateur", you can't really expect what will follow. The chapter… Read more

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