Artisan craft is quickly evolving to combine handwork with machine technology, providing unlimited possibilities for customization. By enabling designers to construct one-o furniture pieces for galleries, exhibitions, and clients, this synthesis of art, design, and technology has created a wealth of collectible pieces.
This complete overview of contemporary studio furniture celebrates the achievements of an international selection of designers producing works of artistic expression that sit as comfortably in museums as they do in domestic settings. Featuring more than 100 designers across disciplines, the heavily illustrated volume includes Thomas Barger, Campana Brothers, Jenna Goldberg, Wendell Castle, Wendy Maruyama, and many more. The images also showcase the homes and studios of makers and collectors, showing how these objects create highly unique and personal environments.
Judith Gura made a hugely important contribution to publications on design over a career spanning several decades and this is her final book. Organized by object type and maker, Artisan Design is essential reading for all design connoisseurs, collectors, and anyone interested in bespoke furniture design.
Judith Gura was a design historian and author whose books include A History of Interior Design (as coauthor), Design After Modernism, Sourcebook of Scandinavian Furniture, and Postmodern Design Complete. She served on the faculty of the New York School of Interior Design, taught at Pratt Institute and FIT, and lectured frequently about contemporary design and furnishings. She was a contributing editor to Art+Auction, curated exhibitions at the New York School of Interior Design, and worked on exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum.