Yesterday, we kicked off our Essential Reading series with Modern Design In Wood by Richard Stewart, a must-have for anyone interested in wood-based design in the 1970s. And if you liked the look of that, you’ll love the companion Modern Design In Metal by Richard Stewart, which is even better.
Again published in 1979, Modern Design In Metal is pretty much a must-have for anyone interested in 70s design. Covering everything from sculptural pieces to interior design, it flags up all the big names as well as some minor players worth seeking out. The name items include sculpture from Barbara Hepworth, Georg Jensen jewellery, Garrard candelabras, Heals tableware, David Mellor cutlery, Pieff and Merrow Associates furniture (including a stunning Merrow desk), Flos and Artemide lighting and even some early electronics from Sinclair amongst the miscellaneous items.
A superb reference, not to mention a fascinating read. Again, this is long out of print, but Abebooks should throw a couple of copies up.