Sitting on the Edge: Modernist Design from the Collection of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd

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One hundred chairs, couches, other seating furniture, and objects from what is perhaps the most important and comprehensive collection of modernist furniture in priate hands have been newly photographed in color for this lavish book. Accompanying an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, this bok spans the 20th century as it showcases the work of modern masters ranging from Peter Behrens, Otto wagner, and Gerrit Rietveld, throug LeCorbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, to Wendell Castle, Donald Judd, and Marco Zanuso.

Sitting on the Edge will delight and inform design professionals as well as anyone with a passion for style.

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Michael Boyd is a recording artist and composer for film and television.

Aaron Betsky is curator of architecture and design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Paola Antonelli is associate curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Philippe Garner is senior director of applied arts for Sotheby's and is based in London.

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Chairs are often considered especially revealing of a designer's skill because of the strict limits placed on their design by the demands of the human body. Danish Chairs is a comprehensive examination of dozens of chairs from the first three-quarters of this century. Each chair is illustrated with multiple photographs and sometimes by line drawings as well. In addition, biographical information is supplied for the designers listed. Although there is a short introductory essay on Danish furniture design and brief notes on each designer and their chairs, Japanese art professor Oda's emphasis is visual, and so it is a pity that the elegant book design suffers from the graininess of the photos. Sitting on the Edge has a wider geographic range and includes some other furniture, but it is basically a look at how designers responded to 20th-century architecture through chair design. Published as an exhibition catalog, it uses colorful illustrations to depict both individual items and complete rooms in the home of the collecting couple, Michael and Gabrielle Boyd. A number of short essays by distinguished curator-authors discuss the role of design in modern life and explore the chair as an exemplar of design. Visually exciting, with good-quality printing, the volume is flawed only by unreadable chapter introductions printed over unseeable historical photos. Danish Chairs, as an intensive examination of a more limited area, will be of most interest to art and design libraries, while Sitting on the Edge will appeal to a broader spectrum of libraries.ADavid McClelland, Philadelphia
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