- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon Books - Random House; 1st edition (January 12, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039470228X
- ISBN-13: 978-0394702285
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nomadic Furniture Paperback – January 12, 1973
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Thirty years later, my eldest son is off to set up his own household, and I looked back into this book for ideas to share with him and I came to this website looking for a copy to buy him. Beds with eggcrate bases, swing arm lamps, crutch-tip/spring supported legs bearing bookshelves, creating your own private "living module" in rental properties, even some structural cardboard furniture - all were things I tried, inspired by this book. Many of those creations I lived with for years, and a few I still have.
As I began to get a feel for designing my own possessions, I came to appreciate more and more the Papanek/Hennessey philosophy that a simple solution could also be an elegant one, and it could also be resource responsible. I've spent most of my life designing and building things, and looking through this book again has helped me realize how much I owe the authors.
Readers who use this book, and it's difficult to imagine anyone looking at it who won't use at least some of it, will also profit from NOMADIC FURNITURE 2, published in 1974. It's more of the same, and in this case, more is good. Papanak also authored another book in 1973, Design for the Real World which establishes his philosophy of sustainable design, and for aiming design at all the world's peoples, not just the wealthy West.Read more ›
After giving my volumes to a friend decades ago, I later located Volume One in a library. I immediately made a copy, and was fortunate to locate and procure Volume Two on the internet. Now they have seen fit to re-print them in a compiled edition! Just get it - hobbyists, design/architecture students and CEOs alike will all find many useful projects and more kernels of wisdom in this work than expensive workshops and seminars can provide.
- presentation: bad old 70's black and white style (photos are blurry gray scales), despite a recent reprint and modern prices.
- info presented in roundabout folksy narrative and written in artsy (i.e. illegible) manual CAPITAL SCRIPT
- no new info since 70s (or 70s inspired). Who cares about 80s' state of the art calculators?
- very plywood sheet (4x8) centric. There should be more nomadic materials themed projects i.e, stuff we can easily buy and carry back from Home Depot etc. with a small car.
more ideas looking around in IKEA, Target and Pinterest [...]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
one of my favorite book purchases at amazon. It is actually two books in one.Published 5 months ago by SlimPicns
I found that this publication is just a two books put together as I have one each of Nomactic furniture 1 and 2 and this is a combo of those two publications.Published 17 months ago by Richard Whit-mer
Someone suggested this book to me being a nomadic traveler myself. So, I bought the book -- the "updated" version of the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mr Q&V (Quality & Value)
Fun stuff. If you haven't seen this book first-hand, it's worth the purchase. The handwritten "font" that the book is written in is over the top: kinda hard to scan/skim... Read morePublished 18 months ago by sarautu
A really cool book. While I'm not sure I'd go for every design in the book it's a great reference to have in your collection.Published 19 months ago by Builderofstuff
I owned and was inspired by both volumes, back in the day. Together they really did constitute a very good course in "Design for the Real World," which is the title of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cleveland Confidential