- Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: HarperDes; 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 (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handmade Modern Paperback – April 12, 2005
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Nice pictures to look at for inspiration though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
cool book for anyone that loves mcm/modern furnishings but doesn't want to break the bank for the look.Published 7 months ago by RM
Bought this for my wife. Must be a good book because my honey-do-list got alot longerPublished 10 months ago by dan
Thought it would give me directions on how to make all the items in the book. Nope, just a few.Published 22 months ago by John
this book contains trading spaces style DIY ideas... nothing remotely tasteful and honestly nothing even slightly appealing on the eye...Published on January 14, 2014 by Sarah D. Scheidler
I'm very happy with this book. Although some of the projects are basic, some are just what I was hoping for. I really wanted to build a bed platform, for example. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I thought that this book would have a lot more wood craft in it. however, I thought a number of the projects to be quite hokey. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Helen C. Galea