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Modern Americana: Studio Furniture From High Craft to High Glam Hardcover – October 14, 2008


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"For serious collectors of midcentury American design, this information, along with the book's finely drawn profiles, makes Modern Americana a must-have." ~Art + Auction

"Todd Merrill and Julie V. Iovine revel in the revival of Modern Americana." ~Vanity Fair

"Exclusive furniture pieces from Wendell Castle, James Mont and others from the 1940s through the 1990s have become must-have items for today's modern collector, and this book revives all of the classic designs. ~Home & Design

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Twentieth-century design specialist Todd Merrill salutes Modernism's master furniture-makers..." ~New York Spaces

"This richly illustrated book not only covers the facts, it places artists within a social history that gives context to their lives and creations." ~AmericanStyle

Modern Americana is valuable as well as entertaining for its abundant illustrations–images of the designers, their furniture, sketches and drawings and, most important to convey period ambience, the interiors featuring their work.” ~American Craft Magazine

About the Author

Todd Merrill is the proprietor of Todd Merrill Antiques in New York City, one of the premier galleries for limited-edition furniture designs. He was the head of communications at Christie’s from 1993–1994. Julie Iovine is the executive editor of The Architect’s Newspaper and was a regular contributor to the New York Times’ House and Home and Style sections.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847830535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847830534
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David M. on November 13, 2008
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Karl Springer, James Mont, Tommy Parzinger----These are some of the great craftsmen designers that are profiled in this new book. As a follower of mid-century design I have been waiting for a book that showcased all these talented designers. While there are great books on some of them (Haines, Nakashima, Marx, Kagen), some of these designers have only had a random mention or photo in other books. I savored each essay and photo spread not wanting to finish. I hope that this book brings to wider attention what savvy antique dealers and chic designers have known for years. I also hope each of these designers will eventually have their own monograph celebrating their unique style.
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By Sara McMurry on October 1, 2013
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I have always been interested in all aspects of design and purchased this book on someone's recommendation. I was not
disappointed and I believe, neither will you.
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By Elise on December 25, 2013
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This book is the MCM furniture bible! Unreal pictures and wonderful historical accounts on tons of designers. Great read and knowledge source!
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