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Handmade Modern: Mid-Century Inspired Projects for Your Home Paperback – April 12, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060591250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060591250
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Qualified do-it-yourselfers can go retro with enough projects by legendary designer Oldham to fill entire rooms. Taking inspiration from such mid-century designers and artists as Isamu Noguchi, George Nakeshima, Alexander Girard and Florence Knoll, Oldham revisits modernism in the new millennium. Bold, vibrant, unpretentious and suitable for small urban spaces, Oldham's pieces for the bedroom, living room and "reading room" play to function as well as form. Projects are rated for "ease level" on a scale of one to five, but readers unskilled in using jigsaws and sewing machines are left with rather unfulfilling tasks, such as a sand-art incense bowl or kaleidoscope art glass. However, those with the know-how and the right equipment in their tool boxes (Oldham suggests "mod podge" and a "respirator" as must-haves in any "basic" toolkit) can create an all-in-one room divider with "floating" boxes for storage space, an illuminated end table which is at once a display case and a light source, or a hand-quilted body pillow to go on top of a platform bed. Step-by-step photos illustrate techniques, and full-page pictures of finished rooms show how various pieces can be eye catchingly mixed and matched. Oldham is not out to create a revolutionary new aesthetic here, but is simply using elements of modernism that have endured—namely comfort, utility and visual panache. (Apr.)

About the Author

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV’s House of Style, Todd’s career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC’s Today, as well as on MTV’s enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers’ homes in the likeness of their favorite stars’ abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.


More About the Author

Todd Oldham is one of the most beloved and mediagenic designers working today. Originally a couture fashion designer with several stores in New York, and a commentator on MTV's House of Style, Todd's career has evolved to include all areas of design, from film and photography to furniture and graphic art. Todd appears frequently as a consultant on NBC's Today, as well as on MTV's enormously popular Crib Crashers, for which Todd redesigns teenagers' homes in the likeness of their favorite stars' abode. Oldham designs his own line of dorm room furnishings for Target in addition to a line of furniture for La-Z-Boy, and he is currently developing a television series based on Handmade Modern. Most recently, he has become a contributing editor to ReadyMade magazine. He lives in New York City.

Customer Reviews

Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
TikiWiki
It doesn't show you what the item looks like when it's completed....even if it means repeating the finished photo of the project.
MPC Direct Avoider
This is a really great book with tons of fun ideas.
Michele

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Threadgill on May 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm not experienced with building furniture at all, but I don't find this book scary. It outlines the materials you'll need, dimensions, tools, and specifies meterials. I'm hyped to get ahold of and play with my first power tools in order to start on some of these projects. There are also sections on noteworthy designers and their styles, so if you aren't familiar with post-modern design you get a little bit of a history lesson as well.

The thing I'm most excited about is the guide to building floating-box bookshelves, as I certainly can't (and would refuse to) spend $1,600 on the designer bookshelf it mimics (*coughcoughBluDotcough*..."design you can afford," my ass!)

My big complaint is this book could have used more attentive editing. For example, on page 93, the last step of the storage bench instructions ends with: "Be sure that the" And that's it. How frustrating! Be sure that the what?? Crap! Now I'll NEVER be sure of...whatever it was! It makes me worry that there are other errors, perhaps in dimensions or other instructions, that I wouldn't notice until I'm in the middle of trying to build something.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By anon on February 18, 2006
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The projects look great, but intimidating. The materials would be pretty expensive (not counting the tools) & I would hate to mess up & I'm an accomplished diy-er! All the great projects are hard 4/5 skill level. Everything under a skill level 4 is kind of lame for lack of a better word.

Nice pictures to look at for inspiration though.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Red Wood on October 20, 2005
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Oldham's book is partially items that are similar to his 21st century mod line of furniture that started out in Target stores some years back and partially retro-inspired pieces. However, most just aren't so ... inspirational. This was released at the perfect moment, when retro was really hot. However, the book is short of ideas that are actually interesting - or attractive. The worst thing for a designer to have is a book that bombs so big that you can easily pick it up in a second-hand store. That's where you'll find this one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By cd on July 10, 2005
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I read others' reviews and passed on this. Saw it in the bookstore and bought it right away. Great book, lots of fun ideas - if you can work a sewing machine and make accurate measurements, then you're in business. Super ideas that will be showing up in my family room soon.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Design Fan! on May 18, 2005
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The projects in this book are not for amateurs, so I was disappointed. The idea of modern projects instead of the glut of cutesy cottage and traditional projects that fill most books and magazines today is great. But these projects require that you have a lot of tools and know something about using them. By the time I get all the tools and ruin a lot of materials in learning what to do with them, I may as well just buy ready-made furniture. I was hoping for more simple projects.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 14, 2006
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I liked most of the ideas in this book. They are beautiful and look doable. The problem is space. Unless you have a garage or outdoor space to make the stuff in you will not be able to make most of these projects. The instructions could also be more detailed by adding information like "this type of wood" or "this type of light fixture". Still, there are a couple of fantastic ideas I will try like a lantern-looking lamp and a lap blanket. If I hadn't had a gift certificate, I would be dissapointed.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By alice huston on June 3, 2005
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I was surprised at how different the projects were from other diy books. There are loads of color pictures explaining the details and there is a good range of easy ones like photo lamp i tried. I liked learning about other designers like alexander gerard and eva zeisel in the stories about them and others spaced thru out the book. Some of the stuff is kind of wild for me but i liked seeing how it's done. i also liked how the ideas were inspired by the designers and not copies of projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TikiWiki on June 6, 2009
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Fantastic ideas with easy to follow instructions. I am THRILLED with it. I already started my first project and plan on at least four others. I think earlier reviews criticizing this book for being too hard are silly; how else do you think you're going to make furniture items, if not with a saw? However, projects range from super easy (sand art incense holder) to the more ambitious (furniture and shelving). There's a project for all levels/interests. Instructions are clear and easy to follow. This is a great DIY book.
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