With public interest in retro styling stronger than ever, "Retro Furniture Classics" is an invaluable sourcebook for anyone interested in buying vintage, period furniture, whether they enjoy following a particular designer or certain era of design history. "Retro Furniture Classics" leads the reader through the evolution of design styles, new materials and production techniques along a chronological route within each design movement. Each chapter weaves historical information with groundbreaking key furniture icons. Beautiful examples of highly collectible furniture are shown in their original settings as well as in specially illustrated interior locations. Every chapter also includes profiles of key designers of the period, with stories explaining their philosophy, approach to design, innovations and use of materials, greatest pieces and why they have earned their place in the design history books. Each chapter culminates with a round-up of the key icons of the movement. As a guide, this book is indispensable. Over 200 items are illustrated in colour and a full international source directory guides design hunters in search of up-to-date information on where to buy.
Fay Sweet is an authority on the history of modern design and architecture. A journalist and broadcaster, she is the author of more than 30 books. During her career she has met and interviewed many of the world's leading design figures including Philippe Starck, Alberto Alessi, Lucienne Day, Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Norman Foster, Zaha Hadid and more. Her best-selling books include Space and More Space, ScandiModern and Source: an Internet Directory of Modern Furniture Design Classics. She lives in London.