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Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios Hardcover – November 30, 2018

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"In his authoritative new work, Kem Weber: Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios, Dave Bossert once again shows a fusion of erudition and passion for his subject, introducing a new generation to a remarkable and sadly-neglected artist, and documenting the significant and timeless cross-disciplinary design portfolio he created for Walt Disney."  —Jeff Kurtti, Disney historian and author, The Art of Tangled

A feature article titled, "Dave Bossert Wrote the Book on Disney Animation Furniture" by Joanna Werch Takes. An interview with the author of Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios, and his views on this unique specialty furniture that was the foundation for the creation of many of the Disney animated classics. —WoodworkersJournal.com

"Walt Disney’s studio lot in Burbank was an animator’s utopia, thanks in large part to the designs of Kem Weber. His influence could be felt from the architecture of the buildings to the custom furniture created for the various animation disciplines. Disney fans have no doubt seen it before through behind-the-scenes photos or Disney Archives exhibits, but few have touched it or sat in it. But you’ll feel like you have when you read Dave Bossert’s newest book, a dream project called Kem Weber: Mid-Century Designs for the Disney Studios." —Alex Reif, https://www.laughingplace.com ​

Nominee: IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards —www.ibpa-online.org/news/440987/31st-Annual-IBPA-Benjamin-Franklin-Awards.htm

"Mapping the intersection of utility and style, this book examines the architecture and furniture of Kem Weber and how his aesthetic complimented the working culture of Disney Studios. Pairing original illustrations, photographs and descriptions of Weber’s furniture alongside anecdotes from the artists who worked on it." —The US Review of Books

Feature article on the new book Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios, discusses the design period and furniture as part of a review of the book. —https://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/disney-animator-desk/

This is a two page article spread in the Disney Vacation Club magazine Winter edition that is mailed on December 7th. —Disney Files Magazine/ Winter 2018, Volume 27, Number 4

All About Mouse Central Podcast Episode #381 – Dave Bossert: Mid-Century Furniture Designs For the Disney Studios—November 19, 2018; This is a popular Disney fan based podcast.

"Dave Bossert, a veteran effects animator of the Walt Disney studio, was gifted the original Kem Weber-designed desk on his departure. His affection for this desk prompted a new monograph on Weber’s important design contributions to the Walt Disney studios in Burbank." —Patricia Zohn, www.culturezohn.com

Kem Weber: Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios was included in Los Angeles Magazine's "The Best Books About L.A. of 2018" review. —Interview, Los Angeles Magazine, https://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/best-books-about-la-2018/?fbclid=IwAR2oFv5_CEMDP_uTIvMmYVgNjZu3hlDG4lD1Pt22bpLVYqEtD_T8En6gAzM

"Kem Weber Mid Century Furniture Design for the Disney Studios is a new book by David A. Bossert, animator, historian and author. If you’re not familiar with Kem, then you are in for a treat! I saw a release about the book and reached out to the publisher for a review copy. It showed up a few weeks later and I knew I wanted to do a sneak peek of the book for YouTube. Kem Weber was responsible for designing the Disney Studios in Burbank as well as all of the furniture, furnishings and the famous animation desks. Check out my video sneak peek about the Kem Weber book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bGvs2_sFzs" —George Taylor, ImagiNERDing

"When author David A. Bossert left a long career in animation at the Walt Disney Studios, the company gave him the gift of his vintage animator’s desk to take home. The history of the dinged up, nicotine stained workhorse used by generations of artists intrigued him, and now we have the definitive guide to the work of a designer who not only created the studio buildings but the gorgeous and highly specialized furniture for the directors, writers, and animators who filled them. Weber’s original drawings are magnificent, and historic photos of the designer inspecting the work side by side with Uncle Walt highlights the level of detail that the Burbank studio has always been famous for." —Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine

About the Author

David A. Bossert is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and author. He worked at The Walt Disney Company for more than 32-years and is now an independent producer, creative director, and writer. Bossert contributed his talents to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fantasia 2000, Destino and many others. He is a member of the CalArts Board of Trustees and is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) in Pittsburgh. Bossert is an authority on Disney animation history and has written numerous articles, liner notes, and concert program notes related to animation. He co-authored Disney Animated, which was named iPad App of 2013 by Apple and won a prestigious British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
  • Hardcover : 136 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 173260200X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1732602007
  • Publisher : The Old Mill Press; None ed. Edition (November 30, 2018)
  • Product Dimensions : 11 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 29 ratings