Monday, October 27, 2008
We just returned from Todd Merrill's launch party to celebrate his newest book Modern Americana: Studio Furniture From High Craft to High Glam, and let us just say it is flawless. This invaluable tome focuses mainly on designs that were custom made and produced in limited quantities, specifically by American studios from the 40's to the 90's and showcases the spectacular craftsmanship that existed throughout that period. Included are works from George Nakashima, Vladimir Kagan, Paul Evans, Samuel Marx, Billy Haines, Wendell Castle, James Mont, Paul Lazlo, Karl Springer and many others. We've always been drawn to handcrafted, organic inspired furnishings, especially from that era, so for us this publication is a must have resource. Equally inspiring was seeing several of the pieces profiled throughout the book at Merrill's Antique store where tonight's party was held (including the above rocker by Jack Rogers Hopkins and the Paul Evans console). We highly recommend stopping by to view this impressive collection, but if you can't make it, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Modern Americana (here) today. We promise you won't be disappointed.