House & Garden Fifties House
By Catriona Gray
The post-war consumer boom of the 1950s, coupled with a desire for new, innovative design resulted in one of the most exciting decades in the history of interiors - a visual revolution that was captured on the pages of British House & Garden.In Fifties House, mid-century modern enthusiast Catriona Gray has drawn on the magazine's peerless archive, curating the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Le Corbusier, Giò Ponti, Terence Conran and Hans and Florence Knoll. The first title in the new Decades of Design series, House & Garden Fifties House is required reading for mid-century modern enthusiasts, collectors and decorators in search of inspiration from the most influential homes of the past.
Miller's Field Guide: Porcelain
By Judith Miller
Miller's Field Guides are an invaluable resource for collectors when out buying items at antiques shops, auctions or car boot fairs. They provide a fast and accurate way to recognize, identify and date antiques. In each book a simple question-and-answer checklist is provided for a wide range of key items, teaching you what to look for as well how to spot a fake or a copy. There are price codes throughout, plus concise information on makers, factories, identifying marks and the factors that affect the value of the piece.In Porcelain, ceramics expert and bestselling author Judith Miller guides the collector through the world of European and American porcelain, including Meissen, Copenhagen, Worcester, Spode, Derby and Bonnin and Morris.
Orla Kiely Home
By Orla Kiely
"Orla Kiely is a virtuoso of vintage pattern and design." - The Sunday Business Post"Whether you're a fan of Orla Kiely's cult retro patterns or not, it's hard to resist her second book." - Real HomesInternationally renowned designer Orla Kiely describes her career as 'a journey in pattern and colour'. Her distinctive palette, and graphic and stylized motifs in clean repeat constructions, have won her devoted fans across the world, and have helped to turn, what began as a small British business designing bags, into a global fashion, accessories and homeware brand. Following the success of her first book Pattern, Home opens the door on Orla's own house, looks at a series of British, Irish and Scandinavian case studies - all beautifully photographed by Richard Powers - reveals the mid-century modern items that have inspired her work and tracks the creation of her homeware range including furniture, textiles, wallpaper and ceramics. 'I have always been inspired by architecture and interiors so the move into furniture and homewares was completely natural,' Orla says. 'To me, the home is where we can truly express our style and personality, where we can be playful.'Contents Includes...ElementsMy WorkMy HouseCase StudiesSiegel HouseScheer HouseVilla BendvoldBygdøy HouseBrabrand HouseAarhus...And Many More!
Miller's Mid-Century Modern
By Judith Miller
From the 'soft modernism' of Scandinavian furniture to the sleek, clean lines of the lighting created by the Castiglioni brothers in Italy, Judith Miller's Mid-century Modern reveals the glory of one of the most exciting periods of design history: the late 1940s to the 1970s. The book explores the most desirable interiors, furniture, ceramics, glass, metalware and textiles of this hugely popular period. It features all the iconic designs and designers of the era, with price codes to help value and appraise your mid-century collection. The careers and influence of ground-breaking designers, including Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Robin and Lucienne Day, Arne Jacobsen and many others, are described in stand-alone feature pages. Key pieces (including a number of previously unpublished examples) are placed in an historical context with coverage of innovations in design, production methods and materials.
By Judith Miller
The chair is the most ubiquitous design element in the domestic environment, and almost everyone who has tackled the world of design has ended up designing one. In Chairs Judith Miller scrutinises more than 100 of her favourite chairs reflecting on their iconic status, designers, historical facts, overall style, design details and ergonomic properties. More than 100 chairs have been specially photographed on location and are featured in chronological date order, ranging from early antiques such as the 1680 Wainscot Chair and the 1740 Louis XV Chaise Longue, to modern day collectables such as Marc Newson's 1988 'Embryo' and Tom Dixon's 2007 'Wingback'. This is not a catalogue; each chair has earned its place as an emblem of style, status, craft and art and is celebrated in this beautifully designed book.
Miller's Antiques and Collectables Fact Book
By Judith Miller
The only comprehensive, illustrated pocket book on the market for the antiques and collectables buyer.Each chapter explains what to look for when buying antiques - how to spot repairs and fakes, clues to dating and the history of factories and key designers. Comprehensive marks sections include international hallmarks and more than 1,000 marks from ceramics factories across the world: from 18th century Meissen to 20th century Rookwood. Since it was first published in 1988 Miller's Pocket Antiques Factfile has sold almost 128,000 copies. However, the market for antiques has changed dramatically: 20th century design, whether Art Deco or Mid Century Modern, has become a popular collecting area and so this completely reworked edition will keep the core information about antique furniture, ceramics, glass and silver while new sections will cover Modern Design - from Eames furniture to Murano glass, Spratling silver to Studio pottery.It contains all the essential information you need when you're on the antiques trail.
Living with Books
By Alan Powers
This is an inspirational book that explores over 150 ways in which books can not only be stored, but made to play a full part in the character of a home, be it large or small, minimalist or full of cluttered charm. Books are among the commonest but most treasured possessions in a home, yet their storage and display is often neglected and not given serious consideration as part of the interior design - something all the more necessary as the functions of home and workplace now often merge. Chapters are devoted to separate rooms, looking in turn at reception rooms, home offices, and libraries, as well as kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms, with over 180 colour photographs from around the world providing a wealth of inspiration. Ingenious space-saving devices are illustrated for storing books in odd spaces within the home - for example in staircases, corridors, and hallways. There is a chapter on caring for books, plus practical pages providing useful technical hints for planning and building bookshelves (scale, proportion, materials, fittings, etc), complete with illustrated step-by-step instructions showing how to carry out your own imaginative book-storage projects.Special double-page features appear in each chapter on topics such as ingenious designer solutions, book plates, and creating furniture out of books.
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Miller's Collecting the 1970s
By Katherine Higgins
Starsky & Hutch, Elton John, flared trousers and platform boots, Charlie's Angels, Verner Panton furniture, Afghan coats, the Sony Walkman...the list of icons to emerge from the 1970s is endless, and each is enormously popular with collectors and public alike. The decade was packed with innovation including technological breakthroughs such as the Sinclair calculator and the digital watch. Today, fashionable interiors are packed with ideas and objects taken from this vibrant decade. Miller's Collecting the 1970s features essential information on all these trends, with a witty and sparkling text by a real enthusiast, and is packed with handy tips on how to spot a bargain or uncover a classic. Practical advice on where to find items is also included, along with information on how to care for your collection and suggestions for further reading.