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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (1 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586858114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586858117
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Chicago antiques dealer Andrew Hollingsworth establishes himself as an expert on Scandinavian furnishings with his first book, "Danish Modern." While many furniture-genre bookstake either a scholarly orpractical approach, "DanishModern" successfully blendsthe two. Hollingsworth'svoice is authoritative and sensible, educating thereader and leading them to affordable, usable finds.
--Shaila Wunderlich"Chicago Tribune" (10/19/2008)

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Danish furniture from the mid-twentieth century, while modern in line and scale, transcends time in a way that makes it work in today's interiors. From 1930 through 1970, Danish furniture designers and makers infused the best of historical furniture design in an understated, matter-of-fact way reflective of their cultural identity and craftsman traditions. The result was a prolific renaissance of style, quality, and sophistication.
Danish Modern highlights the birth and growth of Danish Modern furniture design and illustrates, through stunning color photographs, how seamlessly it fits into contemporary interiors. Learn about the style's defining features, historical influences, and most important designers and cabinetmakers, such as Kaare Klint, Hans Wegner, Finn Juhl, A. J. Iversen, Ole Wanscher, Borge Mogensen, Frits Henningsen, and others. A market guide and resource section provide information on locating, purchasing, and caring for Danish Modern furniture, giving you all the information you need for becoming knowledgeable about this timeless style and integrating it into your own home.
Andrew Hollingsworth first started collecting Danish Modern furniture fifteen years ago while living in Europe. Passion for the field led to the founding of his eponymous gallery in 2002, specializing in twentieth-century Scandinavian and contemporary European design. Since that time he has participated in many of the nation's leading antique and design shows, has made TV appearances, and has been featured in Metropolitan Home, Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and more.

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Not bad, but unless you agree with the author that the greatest of the Danish mid-century designers was Ole Wanscher -- a contentious view to say the least -- then you may be a bit disappointed. Particularly in the photographs, which at the end are one Wanscher piece after another. It may be a coincidence that, since they were mainly made in small numbers and command high prices, you can make a lot of money gushingly advising the rich to purchase them. Or it may not. Either way, ultimately a narrow work that is a bit disappointing.
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There aren't many good books on Danish interior design. This is probably the best one.
Also good value for price.
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beautiful book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danish Modern is Pleasant Reading 27 Aug. 2012
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I actually grew up in the 40s and 50s at FLW's Fallingwater where modern design, especially Scandinavian, was and continues to be a part of my nature. So, after embarking on my engineering career I furnished my home with Scandinavian furniture. I bought my first copy of Danish Modern several years ago from Amazon and was enthralled by the illustrations of some heretofore undiscovered Scandinavian designers in the 20th century. As noted, I enjoy a lot of classical Danish furniture and objects shown in the book and if I can believe the auction sites, the fine craftsmanship and design of Danish Modern furniture has more than kept up with inflation. It is a good investment! This book provides an excellent summary of the history of Danish furniture and provides fine examples in excellent photos of the universal design principals therein. I purchased a second copy for myself after giving my first copy to a friend who is more appreciative of Danish design that I am; she is married to a friend from Denmark.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected 20 Sept. 2009
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I was absolutely shocked when I got this book. Having many design books, I thought this looked like it could be a good one, however I had no idea that it was going to be as good as it is. The layout and organization are amazingly well done by a team that is obviously extremely familiar with this design genre. This is a present for a friend however you can believe that I'm getting another copy for myself as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 May 2017
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Very thorough history, but difficult to appreciate photos in kindle format
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 April 2017
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Very nice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars like an art appreciation course in a book 17 July 2013
By melanie - Published on Amazon.com
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i've been learning all i can about the midcentury design movement, i knew the scandinavians were at the forefront, but this book was a deep education showing why and how. the author has a light touch, not overly professorial, so it was a good read
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