Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Thames & Hudson. Nov. 2022. 448p. ISBN 9780500022221. $75. INTERIOR DESIGN
Beginning with an introduction to furniture design’s golden age—from the late 1930s to the early 1970s—Bradbury (Off the Grid: Houses for Escape) showcases collector items with fascinating detail and historic resonance. Experts agree that the mid-20th century was an exciting time for productive and inventive designs for objects and furniture in the home. Included in this beautiful book are striking photographs of each piece, along with short descriptions that offer information such as the designers’ inspirations, materials used, historical significance, and production companies. For those drawn to specific design choices, there’s a short and insightful section with pertinent information about the main materials used for furniture construction during this era, plus a directory of designers mentioned in the book.
VERDICT A highly engaging and informative book with vivid pictures that celebrates an era of unforgettable and influential style. This must-add to public libraries will likely delight both fans of interior design and art history buffs, but it’s also accessible to the casual but curious reader.
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