1949 MARIO DAL FABBRO
modern furniture its design and construction
works from: florence s. knoll, mario dal fabbro, eugenio gentili, nordiska co. of sweden, marcel breuer, charles eames, herman miller, pietro crespi, andre dupres, knoll associates, garreielle mucchi, apiovaara, james leonard, marklebach and karston of holland, vittoriano vigano, eero saarinen, jens risom, abel sorensen, hans bellman, cesare lacca, bruno mathsson, george nelson, charles niedringhaus, and others. see content page below.
photos by: ezra stoller, g. barrows, roy stevens, foto porta, novelli film, cottcho scheisner, and studio fotografico triennale di milano italy.
"In writing this book I have tried to present to architects, furniture designers, manufacturers, and amateur craftsmen the best work of various designers for their study and interpretation. The scope of the book is limited to the treatment of special ideas and solutions of furniture, therefor, I have not considered the importance of shape or style.
The book is composed primarily of technical material with brief, concise legends to explain the drawings, each of which is notable for its mechanical features. If the drawings were vague or the examples distorted, my negligence would become immediately apparent to authorities. To eliminate this possibility and to help solve many technical problems, I have simplified the presentation and clarified certain difficult design elements.
Craftsmen, decorators, and designers will be able to understand easily and quickly from this book the development of furniture with unusual characteristics: what has been produced before and what may be produced in the future. It should be noted that both the study and realization of folding, convertible, or special solutions adaptable for multiple use have had their origin in ancient designs and construction.
Now a word for each group of furniture as presented in this book:
Stools: The simplest form of chair is the stool. Of those you will find various solutions adaptable to other uses aside from the normal such as the folding, and other types which may also be used as tables, highstools, stepladder, raised and circular stools. We notice the evolution of the simple stool to its various and complex solutions, but each, solution responds to a specified scope. This same procedure is to be found in other pieces of furniture to meet the varied tastes of mankind.
Chairs: There are many solutions applied to the chair that involve special characteristics of design and quality of material for its construction. Although metal has made great strides in replacing wood in construction, the future may make possible further development by the use of plastic, metal, and wood, all blended in a single element. Among the particular solutions for chairs; the best results are attained in the folding and stacking type. The stacking type, adaptable for manufacture in metal, has met with considerable demand for use in public places.
Armchair: What has been said about the basic concept of the chair also can be said about the armchair. Its characteristic side arms permit various solutions of chair movement. Included in this group are the lounge chair, the folding armchair, and the rocker. The latter with its varied solutions for rocking has been more fully developed in America than in Europe. Many systems and types such as the rocking swing, rocking armchair, and the plain old-fashioned rocker—all with characteristic solutions—have the same basic principle.
Sofas: The feature of these are their convertability into beds. The sectional sofa or pieces may form a normal sofa, or may be arranged in many interesting angular and curved forms.
Tables: A number of solutions with special characteristics are shown in this group. Included in the description is the type of material used in their construction, such as metal, marble, wood, and other special compositions. The group consists of small folding tables in metal and wood, useful as bed-side tables, reading tables, or coffee tables. Their general characteristics are folding legs, reversible tops, removable trays, stacking type, and those which may be aligned to two or more elements. The game tables with folding legs and stacking feature are very useful in homes, gardens, terraces. An interesting table type is one that can be folded to resemble a suitcase. In metal and wood, it is useful in traveling and outings.The dining, kitchen, and ironing board tables have their characteristic solutions to provide maximum length."
used cloth bound hardcover in good ++ condition: lightly bumped corner tips / light aging of pages / pages free from notes or markings / nice tight binding / jacket not present / ©1949 reinhold publishing corporation, ny. 158 pages + 1954 printing + 16 page section on easy to make furniture 12" x 9"
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