Another one of those excellent Fiell/Taschen overviews on design. This time, a huge 704 page, beautifully designed and printed pictorial collection of the essence of Scandinavian creativity. Although it covers the obvious furniture, metalware, glass, textiles and ceramics it also considers commercial products from companies like Fiskars, Hasselblad, IKEA, Lego, Saab, Volvo and nicely, even a company like Kompan, a producer of childrens playground equipment that is sold worldwide. I think there is a reason for the commercial and creative success of Scandinavian products: they believe that good, simple design should be applied to everything and be available to all, the introduction calls these products democratic objects.
The book is a joy to look at. Each designer (or company with their logo) starts on a spread with a small head shot of the person, some text and the rest of the space, sometimes over several pages, devoted to photos. Interestingly with so many photos (more than 1600) many of which came from various sources, the colour values are very similar and they all blend together throughout the book. I think Taschen are to be congratulated on producing (yet again) a stunning looking book that covers the subject so well and anyone involved with craft creativity and design will be pleased to have a copy.
on 8 June 2013
Very well produced (as ever, with Taschen) and excellent value. An encyclopaedic guide to the subject with great photos and good articles. However, the format means that you can only search by designer/ firm, not by category. Still, an absolute bargain.
on 12 January 2014
As a collector of scandinavian glass ( I collect Vicke Lindstrand, Per Lutken, and Riihimaki in particular) I found this book very informative. I have an interest in other scandinavian design-mid century furniture, and was equally impressed by the amount of information contained in this compact volume. I feel I can confidently look for more pieces to add to my collection, at antique shops, secondhand shops, and Ebay, and know exactly what I am buying.