The History of Modern Furniture Design

The History of Modern Furniture Design
ISBN: 978-80-7101-103-3
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Daniela Karasová

The History of Modern Furniture Design

The richly illustrated monograph tells the story of modern furniture produced from the first half of the 19th century - the Biedermeier period - to the late 20th century. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the modern history of furniture in the Czech lands against the backdrop of significant developments in the field worldwide, including one-of-a-kind designer furniture. Particular attention is devoted to the most distinguished artists-designers, as well as the fates of furniture manufacturers and institutions. The volume examines the art-historical aspects of furniture manufacturing, sources of inspiration, types of materials and technological aspects. Profiles of eminent Czech and international furniture designers form an important part of the publication. The book also serves as a catalogue accompanying the permanent exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century furniture intended for study purposes, housed in the chateau in Kamenice nad Lipou in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.


The Beginings of Furniture Design and Sources of Inspiration
  • Biedermeier and Early Industrialization
  • Historical Styles
  • The Paris Universal Exposition of 1900
The Industrial Revolution an Cabinetmaking
  • Bentwood Furniture
  • Organic Art Nouveau
Geometric Art Nouveau and Modernism
  • The Arts and Crafts Movement
  • Kotěra´s Modernism
  • Geometric Art Nouveau
Czech Cubism and Rondo-Cubism
  • Czech Cubism
  • Rondo-Cubism: The Czech Art Deco
The Decorative Movement and Functionalism
  • Art Deco in the World
  • Purism, Constructivism and Functionalism
Organic Design and New Materials
  • Plastic in Interiors and Furniture
  • Italian Design
  • Scandinavian Design
European Design after World War II
  • Post-War Regeneration and the Promising Sixties
  • The Seventies: Functionalist Rationalism
  • Individual Buildings and Designer Furniture
The Eighties and the Nineties
  • Postmodernism, Individual Design and Minimalism
  • Post-1990 Design
Profiles of Artists, Desigbers and Art Theoraticiants
Selected Bibliography
Index of Names

Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, 2012, 230 x 270 mm, 320 pages, ISBN 978—80-7101-103-3