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500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional & Innovative Designs (500 Series) Paperback – May 6, 2008

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"As a maker of chairs and a fan of the form, I pick up most every book I find with the word 'chair' in the title. Lark’s new 500 Chairs is perhaps my favorite. Part of Lark Books’ beautifully presented 500 Series, 500 Chairs opens with a brief but thoughtful essay on chairs by Craig Nutt. Then it showcases chairs in a clean format: color photos, titles, dimensions, maker, and, for the most part, little commentary. Whether your tastes lean toward the traditional or contemporary, functional work or artistic interpretations, you’re likely to find inspiration in this book." - Editors Blog, FineWoodworking.com

"If you think you've seen all that can be done in designing chairs, think again. Lark Books' 500 Series steps into the furniture world with gallery photos of everything from the bizarre to the the purposely mundane in human seating ... A reader can skim the book for amusement, but you'd miss a lot if you didn't examine the photos closely. Selected by studio furniture maker and sculptor Craig Nutt, these 500 pieces are an amazing representation of the creativity and originality of the world's most innovative builders." - WoodCentral.com

"(What) sticks most in my mind after weeks of leafing through this winning picture book ... (is that) every page gives you something to consider. And each time you take a peek inside, you'll see things differently." - The National
 
"If you are looking for ideas for a project, an excellent source is Lark Books' 500 Series. While this series covers many craft media, woodworkers will find the most inspiration from 500 Cabinets, 500 Tables, 500 Chairs, 400 Wood Boxes, and 500 Wood Bowls. Even if you are not looking for ideas, there is much in these books to appreciate and enjoy. You will probably do lots of nodding, plenty of eye widening, some jaw dropping, and, naturally, some wincing. Each book delivers a huge quantity of outstanding work." - Rob Porcaro, Heartwood: Inside the Woodshop

"This visually packed tome [is] the perfect eye candy for any furniture aficionado." - AmericanStyle

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Product Details

  • Series: 500 Series
  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579908721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579908720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ray Hemachandra is the Publishers Weekly 2012 Best Books-winning author of Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, which was also an Amazon Best Book of the Month in March 2013 and April 2013. He has served as team lead, business manager, and social media and marketing director for Lark Jewelry & Beading, a sub-imprint of Lark Books; a mind/body/spirit writer, interviewer, and blogger; a book, magazine, and newspaper editor; and an activist, advocate, and family trainer in the autism community. Originally from New York, he lives with his son in Asheville, North Carolina.

Connect with him on his website http://www.rayhemachandra.com, his Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/rayhemachandra, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rayhemachandra.

Ray has interviewed and written many articles about teachers and authors in the mind/body/spirit category, including Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Louise Hay, Marianne Williamson, Byron Katie, Doreen Virtue, Sakyong Mipham, and Masaru Emoto, as well as many leading retailers, musicians, jewelers, beaders, quilters, and other artists.

His books as author or senior editor for Lark include The Penland Book of Glass; Beading with World Beads; Masters: Beadweaving and other Masters Series books, including Masters: Gold, Masters: Blown Glass, Masters: Polymer Clay, Masters: Earthenware, and Masters: Art Quilts, Volumes 1 and 2; and numerous books in the 500 Series, including Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces, 500 Judaica, 500 Art Quilts, 500 Vases, 500 Raku, and three furniture books in the series devoted to chairs, tables, and cabinets.

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Lark Books' "500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional & Innovative Designs" is typical of the increasng catalog of "500" books ("500 Earrings", "500 Necklaces", "500 Vessels", etc.). Each of these books is basically a compendium of color photos and a little information about the works of many contemporary artists. The way it works with all these books is, the Lark editors invite artists from everywhere to offer, royalty-free, photos of their works in return for possible inclusion in the work at hand. Then the editors pick the 500 works that they like the best and put them in the book. This formula means that costs needed to assemble the content of the books is minimal, and significant effort and resources can then be put into the production values of the books, while keeping the selling prices reasonable. It's generally a winning formula. Although all the books in the "500" series are paperback, the quality of the paper stock is outstanding and the quality of the hundreds of color photographic reproductions is also excellent. The size of the photographs is such that only one or two are placed on a page, with the result that the reader can get a very good look at the work, sometimes from multiple views. Next to each photograph is a caption that lists the artist's name, the title of the work, the materials used in the fabrication, the year in which it was produced,and a photo credit. Occasionally a short quote from an artist is also included. The only other text is a short one or two page introduction to the collection by a distinguished artist or collector or archivist. All the Lark "500" books follow this formula.

"500 Chairs", like most of the other "500 Series" books,while delightful, is not perfect. For example, there ARE discernable differences in the quality of the original photos.
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This is a nice book but note that, like the "500 Tables" volume, the chairs presented are almost all by contemporary builders; there are hardly any older, classic designs. The other thing to be aware of is the large number of "chairs" that one cannot sit on: they are somewhat chair shaped, but not at all useful. There is nothing wrong with that and they can be fun to look at, but they are often more "art" and less practical, so if you are looking for inspiration for a design for your own dining room this book is probably not it.
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Simply excellent. Beautifully photographed and laid out, the work in this book is broad ranging, open minded and each one a sincere and intelligent design direction. Powerfully inspirational and helpful if you're needing a nudge to get out of the box with a design!
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Tables are my driving force at this time, but, after seeing 500 Tables, I ordered 500 Chairs and I may just have to throw my hat into the ring, as some of the chairs represented are singularly impressive and inspirational.
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Each page contains a beautiful picture of a modern chair made by artists who take pride in creating usable furniture that adds beauty to any home. A fabulous study if you like modern furniture.
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I bought it for my husband (woodworker). We are both artists and we LOVE it. Some very interesting and creative pieces are featured in the book.
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500 Chairs is remarkable: a beautifully made photographic account of sterling furniture design by leading makers as well as brilliant newcomers. Lark's 500 series consistently outshines all competitors, and this book is no exception: It's superior in range and inspiration to other collections out there. The book was juried by Craig Nutt, and includes pieces by nearly 300 different designers. Just some of the leading ones include John Grew Sheridan, Garry Knox Bennett, Gord Peteran, Curtis Buchanan, Judy Kensley McKie, Paul Freundt, Wendy Maruyama, and Sam Maloof. I'm very pleased to have this book on my shelves, and I strongly recommend also taking a look at 500 Tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style (500 Series), which is also from Lark Books. After all, chairs and tables go together very nicely!
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Excellent photograghaphy. Excellent selection of chairs being showcased. If you enjoy furniture as art you will certainly enjoy this book. My personal interest is comfortable chairs with an artistic twist. I'll probably use this book as a jumping off point for chair designs I'll build for different needs. A truly great chair can be a great plane to land. Enjoy.
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