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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Design Year Book

Design Year Book

500 Years of Italian Furniture: Magnificence and Design

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 10:02 AM PDT

An interesting insight on Italian Furniture for the past 500 years- from the view of author Enrico Colle, a professor of the History of Decorative Arts at the University of Bologna, and an expert on Italian furniture and interiors.

With over 350 colour photographs and drawings, and an informed critical text, this exceptional exhibition catalogue shows the evolution of taste in the Italian and European courts from late mannerism through to the first decades of last century. Writing desks, tables, beds, chairs, thrones, mirrors, vases, and objects made of or decorated with precious materials, such as gold, silver, semiprecious stones, or mother of pearl are reproduced in the book. Each feature work also come with detailed captions- to assist the reader in understanding and appreciating the technical craftsmanship of engravers, cabinet makers, bronze workers, as well as the creative genius of architects, such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Filippo Juvarra, and Pelagio Pelagi, at the service of the courts.

In overall. this is a book that collectors, scholars, and enthusiasts of the decorative arts cannot miss, it's an essential and invaluable book for anyone interested in the evolution of aesthetics and style through the ages.

This book is published by Rizzoli New York. You can check it out on your local bookstore or buy it here online! 

+ Rizzolo New York