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Handmade Modern Paperback – April 12, 2005

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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.

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Product Details

  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Handmade modern has a wide range of projects. Some were "meh" where some were exactly what I was looking for. I've built the bench and nightstand out of the book so far, and they were both simple and easy to complete. If at all possible, check out this book at your local library before purchasing.The projects in here aren't going to be for everyone.
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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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If you're a creative person who likes to get into hands on projects, this is a book for you. Each section begins with a photograph of an entire room, and the following pages used cropped images of each item with instructions on how to make them. Most of the projects do require some knowledge about construction & materials, however. Tools needed include a jigsaw, sewing machine, or a large space in which to do some of the projects. There are smaller projects though that do not require these things, and the book definitely promotes you to come up with your own creative ideas. One downside though, if you are interested in easy crafts - this isn't the book for you. Readers definitely need to understand the basics in order to find this book useful.
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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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I am so enjoying this book. Nice photography of great room designs, along with a list of tools. Definitely within the range of the beginner with some help from a woodworker. I am modifying the designs for use in a doll house, and I can definitely see myself making these projects, using alot of the fabrics I already own ( especially the silk pillow, the pinwheel style pillow and the woven ribbon pillow) So glad I bought this :)
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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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This book has several nice projects and ideas for furnishing and decorating your home. Though some of the styles look like the stuff we had when I was a kid (hence the Mid-Century Inspired) they look like they can be changed a bit to personalize or modernize them. I plan to start with the bed and work my way to the sofa/room divider.
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