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Offline gfirob

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Re: recommendation please for books on Scandi.
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2010, 05:40:25 AM »
I really think you can't have too many books.  Some of these are hard to find, or are available only in Scandinavian countries, but I like collecting books like I enjoy collecting glass.  I really feel you cannot look at too many photographs, or learn too much about the companies that made this glass and the circumstances under which it was designed, made and sold.  And I think the Pina books are very useful, particularly if you supplement them with others.  You really can't cpunt on any of them for pricing.

There are some good books that I have enjoyed and found useful (its true you only have to identify one unusual and valuable piece to make the books seem pretty cheap):

—The Best of Modern Swedish Art Glass: Orrefors and Kosta 1930-1970, Mark D. Friedman
—Modern Glass 1890-2000, The Danish Museum of Decorative Art
—Alvar and Aino Aalto as Glass Designers, published by the Iittala Museum
—Make Glass Not War, The Finnish Glass Museum, 1992
—Timo Sarpaneva, Collection, Designmuseo, Helsinki (best overall Sarpaneva reference)
—Timo Sarpaneva: A Retrospective, catalog for a show at the Helsinki City Art Museum (also traveled to the US) Great photos of high-end Sarpaneva
—Scandinavian Ceramic and Glass, 1940's to 1980's, George Fischler &  Barret Gould
—20th Century Glass, Judith Miller, Collector's Guides (marginal, perhaps, but interesting)

There is also a great book on Kaj Franck that I saw in Stockholm, but sadly did not buy because it was so heavy and I was already loaded down and had to fly back to the States.
The 125 years of Iittala book is superb as well, a great overall reference.

Also, glass is often featured in general books about Scandinavian design:

—Finnish Modern Design: Utopan Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-1997,  Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Yale University Press
—A Treasury of Scandinavian Design; The standard Authority on Scandinavian-designed furniture, glass, ceramics and metal, Eric Zahle, Director of the Museum of Industrial Art, Copenhagen, 1961
—Scandinavian Design, Eileen Harrison Beer
—Scandinavian Design, Charlotte and Peter Fiell, Taschen
—Scandinavian Modern, Magnus Englund and Chrystina Schmidt


Offline taylog1

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Re: recommendation please for books on Scandi.
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2010, 08:16:21 AM »
I would agree with Bill's suggestions, and add 20th century factory glass (Lesley Jackson) as a book I find myself keep on going back to.

If you're serious, I would also encourage you building up your own resource from Ebay and other web sites of the stuff you like - past results are invaluable when trying to work out what is a 'good' price, and identifying the rarer bits.

I've used Smart Pix manager for a number of years (basically you can add notes to photos, and then group them in a flexible relational database with no size issues). I'm sure there are other packages out there that do the same thing. [I've no financial interest in this software, it just works for me]

If you focus on a narrow area of interest, by gathering and ordering data you will learn a lot.   


Offline Paul S.

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Re: recommendation please for books on Scandi.
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2010, 07:21:11 PM »
Bill, Rob and Gareth - my thanks for taking the time and trouble to reply - and I would probably agree with most of what you guys have said.   Will download all three posts for future reference, as consider they make wonderful bibliographies, not just for me but for anyone else contemplating acquiring some reference books for Scandinavian and Danish material.     I have some of the more run of the mill items i.e. Miller's etc. and do in fact have Jackson's C20 Factory Glass  -  but will now make a start on some of the others by getting the Pina volumes, and then I think the Iittala volume.    Would agree that you can't have too many books (I have hundreds on just about everything you can think of, from Pop-Up childrens books (anyone know the Dwindling Party or Fungus The Bogeyman) - Shaker Furniture - William Morris - oh, and a good pop-up version of the Kama Sutra ;D....... although guess we must try to balance the books with buying glass  -  as there wouldn't be much point if we had a library at the expense of the glass itself.   thanks again.    Paul S.
P.S.  Never ever start me talking about books -  be here all night. :)


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