Innovative Furniture in America from 1800 to the Present

Posted July 10, 2017

Innovative Furniture in America is an extraordinary, well-illustrated book presenting nearly two centuries of furniture as invention and aesthetic object–expressions of American genius for fulfilling changing needs and tastes.

With 171 illustrations (photographs, drawings, reproductions from historical catalogs and advertisements) of every kind of furniture in all sorts of materials, and with illuminating descriptions, this book is a unique resource for everyone interested in design.

Dozens of designers are included, with concise biographies of the major figures and details from their work–from John Henry Belter, George J. Hunzinger, Thomas E. Warren, and other notables of the nineteenth century–to Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, George Nelson, and others in the twentieth.

This book accompanied a traveling exhibition which toured 11 major North American museums, including Cooper-Hewitt (Smithsonian Institutions’s National Museum of Design), Grand Rapids Art Museum, The High Museum of Art, LACMA, The Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Montreal Musee des Arts Decoratifs.

When you see the name of this author, David A. Hanks, you know you’re getting well-researched and documented scholarship. He has worked with all of the best museums, including The Smithsonian, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and The High Museum of Art.

Publisher: Horizon Press | 1981 | 200 pages | ISBN: 0818004517, 9780818004513