A Book with Torturing Chairs

Torture Device Coloring Book.
Erik Ruhling is author of the book Infernal Device: Machinery of Torture & Execution, a visual history of such devices as the Iron Maiden, Guillotine, Tongue Tearer, and Ear Chopper. I’ve just discovered that Ruhling also created The Torture Device Coloring Book. It’s available for download for $3.44 or as a print-on-demand from Lulu for $8.85. The 20 drawings are accompanied by a rhyme. Sounds like more fun than a barrel of rabid monkeys!

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1000 Chairs Special Edition

1000 Chairs  TASCHEN’s 25th anniversary – Special edition!

More than any other piece of furniture, the chair has been subjected to the wildest dreams of the designers. The particular curve of a back-rest, or the twist of a leg, the angle of a seat or the colour of the entire artefact all reflect the stylistic consciousness of each era. From Gerrit Rietveld and Alvar Aalto via Verner Panton to Eva Zeisel; from Art Nouveau to International Style, from Pop Art to Postmodernism, the phenomenon of the chair is so complex that it requires a reference work as comprehensive as this to do it full justice. They are all here: Thonet’s bentwood chairs and Hoffmann’s sitting-machines, Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair and Ron Arad’s avant garde armchairs. The book, a slightly abbreviated version of our classic title 1000 Chairs, devotes one page to each chair, displayed on its own as pure form, with biographical and historical information about the chairs and their designers. A special treat for anyone who loves design and a must for collectors!

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Istanbul Street Bench: Sit on a Book for a change

Istanbul Street Bench 01
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Istanbul Street Bench 02
Istanbul Street Bench 02
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On a recent trip to Istanbul I discovered this street bench in book form.

How to construct a Rietveld chair

How to construct a Rietveld chair

A chair lover shouldn’t be without this book.

Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Book Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

A chair lover’s must have :The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. “Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam” means the Municipal Museum of Amsterdam (I don’t know why they don’t use MMA for it).

The Furniture Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam provides a comprehensive overview of the Stedelijk Museum’s furniture collecting activities from 1934 to 2000. It charts the rich collection, which includes work by P. Berlage, K.P.C. de Bazel, Piet Kramer, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Martin Visser, Piet Hein Eek and Marcel Wanders, as well as international furniture classics designed by Michael Thonet, Charlotte Perriand, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Joe Colombo, Arne Jacobsen, Ettore Sottsas, Phillippe Starck and Ron Arad. Besides a complete overview of the furniture collection, this annotated catalogue includes an introduction to the history of the museum’s collection and exhibition activities. Furthermore a number of themes, such as international and Dutch icons, contrasts and evolutions, are discussed in short texts.

The spectacular presentation Kramer vs. Rietveld – Contrasts in the furniture collection, one of the opening exhibitions in the Stedelijk Museum’s temporary location on the Oosterdokskade is being organized to celebrate the publication of this massive descriptive catalogue.