Modern Furniture Classics is an authoritative, passionate and beautifully illustrated guide to the multifarious talents of international furniture designers and manufacturers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and revels in the intrinsic beauty of skilfully crafted pieces. The explosion in styles, initiated by technical progress and fashions in architecture, design and interiors, is catalogued in this chronological overview of the century's masterpieces, from the handmade vernacular styles of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Deco, through the early Modernists to the colourful and chaotic world of Pop Art, and finally to today's innovative and experimental designs. With over 240 classics of modern design, Modern Furniture Classics features the work of the world's most influential and talented designers, including Philippe Starck, Henry van der Velde, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Carlo Mollino, Charles and Ray Eames, David Linley, Matthew Rice, Frank Gehry, Tom Dixon and Ron Arad. Written by Fiona and Keith Baker, experts in the field of furniture design, and richly illustrated with over 250 photographs, the book is an accessible and authoritative celebration of over 100 years of design.
Keith Baker is an independent consultant, valuer and international lecturer on nineteenth- and twentieth-century decorative arts. He was previously the head of the Art Nouveau and Decorative Arts Department at Phillips Auctioneers, and has also worked at Sotheby's London, and as a regular expert on BBC's perennially popular Antiques Roadshow (UK). He lives in London. Fiona Baker was a valuer and cataloguer of twentieth-century applied arts for Phillips Auctioneers, London, and is currently specialist for decorative arts and design at Christie's. She has made television and radio appearances, and has contributed to The Antique Collector (UK).He lives in London.