on May 17, 2011
The pictures are excellent, the designers are world class and design details are clearly shown. What wasn't as helpful are the prices as the values on most objects depend on one geographic area in a more affluent population. Rarity is one thing, ability to sell is another. However this is great for insurance values of replacement items or duplicates. Also this is only about the high end designs and awe inspiring designers. I had hoped for a more inclusive book. If a chapter of commercial mass produced but quality pieces and design had been included it would have helped more in my opinion. This wasn't quite as I thought it would be but still helpful for design details to watch for and to admire for all its exceptional pictures.
on February 28, 2010
As the title says, this book is a good source for identification ONLY.
This is from the intro:
"This represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of work on behalf of myself and the editors, designers and staff of Krause Publications. We've all all watched the market over the past few years and all feel that this is a price guide whose time had definitely come, and if you're reading this book right now, then you probably agree."
Well, YES and NO. I agree that the market has taken a dive when it comes to the value of mid century modern pieces but it's another to list prices that are ridiculously low for some important pieces and high for others. The estimates are all over the map! I'm wondering where he is getting these prices from - the "editors", "designers" (who are these designers?)and the "staff" of Krause Publications rather than auction houses or appraisers?
For example, I personally would LOVE to know where I can get a George Nelson L-unit desk for $650, a rare Vladimir Kagan upholstered armchair on aluminum tripod base for a mere $3000 when I've seen it appraised for $30,000??? These are just a few examples of numbers seemingly plucked from a hat. They've interviewing some of the best known mid century modern auction houses yet they can't seem to get their prices right? Just my opinion.
Other than that, the book is filled with great photos and should only be used as an identification purpose only. If you're a true collector and own some important pieces, don't get discouraged by their estimates. Buy, collect and keep them because you love them. If you are a dealer, then this price guide is not for you.
One last thing. The only "low" price i agree with is the fact that you can purchase this book for a mere $0.16 here on Amazon. So what does that tell you????