Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions. Nancy Berliner, Edward S. Jr Cooke.

Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Traditions

Peabody Essex Museum. 9.25 x 12", 160 pp., 68 selected pieces in color, some with multiple views, b/w illustrations, the artists and their biographies, cloth, d.j., Salem, 2006. Item #33265
ISBN: 0875772072

This book brings together new work by 22 preeminent North American and Chinese studio furnituremakers in a way that both celebrates each individual's work and looks at the experience of inspiration as a unifying process. Essays provide historical background from both Chinese and American furniture perspectives. Illustrations showcase both historical pieces of Chinese furniture and their contemporary offspring that resulted from the Inspired by China workshop. Ranging from respectful reinterpretations of chairs, stools, and tables to sculptural reimaginings of purpose and structure, these pieces of furniture combine to tell an eloquent story of cross-cultural interchange and community.

In 2005, a group of studio furnituremakers from China, Canada, and the United States gathered at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, for a three-day intensive exploration of historical Chinese furniture. Convened by Nancy Berliner and Edward S. Cooke Jr., these furnituremakers spent their time examining a wide array of examples, delving into the appearance, materials, and joinery of the furniture in order to come away with an understanding and appreciation of a venerable tradition that had been foreign to the majority of the participants. Their charge: to use this inspiration to create new works of furniture. The result: a diverse panoply of eloquent works that take off from the Chinese starting points. Inspired by China documents the exploration that took place during the workshop and demonstrates the provocative results launched in response.

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