Author(s): Lucy Ryder Richardson
A stylish and informative guide to the best of Midcentury Modern chair design. These are the top 100 most interesting, most controversial, or simply most beautiful chairs from the period spanning 1930-1970, according to expert curator and chair addict Lucy Ryder Richardson.
Get to know the designers of the Modern era, and find out about the controversies, drama, gossip and intrigue that accompanied these fascinating figures. Featuring a range of top international names, including Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Ernest Race, Arne Jacobsen, Pierre Paulin, Finn Juhl, Harry Bertoia, Ero Saarinen and Norman Cherner.
There is also an exploration into materials and manufacturing processes, plus lots of information about the manufacturers that brought chair designs to the masses, such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and Asko. Packed full of design details, historical facts, quotes and anecdotes - you can even find out the position in which the designers intended you to sit in their chairs! With a 'chair timeline', showcasing the very best of European, Scandinavian, Japanese and American design, this is the perfect book for collectors, enthusiasts and design junkies alike.
Word count: 50,000
Petra Curtis and Lucy Ryder Richardson started working together in July 2002, initially selling midcentury and modern furniture from Lucy's 1960s house. The success of their first event spurred them on to produce a larger event where midcentury dealers and modern designers gather to sell their work. Modern Shows now hosts the shows Midcentury Modern, Midcentury East and The Midcentury Pop Up as well as being home to The Modern Marketplace directory, an indispensable guide to favourite C20 dealers and C21 designers and retailers.