COMPLETE COPIER, The Oeuvre of A.D. Copier 1901-1991http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Copier-Oeuvre-A-O-1901-1991/dp/905662833X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332600903&sr=1-1
Editors: Joan Temminck, Laurens Geurtz
Authors: Joan Temminck, Laurens Geurtz, Rosalie van Egmond, Pieke Hooghoff
Recommended Retail Price € 69.00 | Available from 2 March 2012
Hardback | Illustrated (colour) | 520 pages | 24x30 cm
NAi Publishers in association with National Glassmuseum Leerdam
With the support of the Mondriaan Foundation, Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, VSB Fund and SNS REAAL Fund
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I was lucky enough to get my mitts on an advance copy of "Complete Copier" and I’m stunned. We all have glass books – some of us have the mere essentials, others maintain a full library. Personally I lost the count at 350 or so. We all know what many glass books suffer from: full page full colour pictures of unattainable eye candy and unfathomable text written by someone with a degree in obfuscation. Not so the ultimate Copier book at hand. It is a whopping 520 page hardcover, features more than 1350 pieces and weighs in at well over 3 kilos. My scales went kerplink when I tried it.
Andries Dirk Copier (1901-1991) was one of the leading glass designers of the 20th century. He started as an apprentice at the Leerdam glass works in 1915 and it was soon discovered that he had a talent for drawing and for design – so the company gave him the appropriate training to develop these skills. Soon he was designing not just production glass but also unique pieces in which new ideas and techniques were tested. He remained the leading in-house designer until 1939 – and then became artistic director until 1975. You'd think that after working for 60 years in glass, he would have retired – but instead he started on a second career at 74 as an independent glass artist, travelling the world and working with the greatest glass blowers until his death in 1991. As a result his "oeuvre" is enormous, and covers each and every discipline of glass design. Such a long productive life will result in an impressive number of single achievements – and most of these have been recorded here, some of them for the first time.
Copier glass travels well. I have found pieces for sale as far afield as Switzerland, Belgium, France, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Great Britain and the U.S. But it is in Holland that nearly every household uses glass designed by Andries Copier. He pioneered many new production and decoration techniques , and his glass is unmistakable in its form and colour. His impact on everyday design matches that of Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Kaj Franck, Per Lütken and Frank Thrower. In the line of style development he is closer to Hald & Gate – but the art glass production lifts the achievement to another level.
The book has chronological chapters covering all major time periods and background, then goes deeper into the unica
productions, after which a jaw dropping oeuvre catalogue of almost 300 pages leaves the reader numb and dazzled. Photographs, brochures, original drawings, advertisements – everything has been drawn out of the closet and included. "Complete Copier" is the result of the Copier Research Project - systematic research into museum and factory archives, sales catalogues and various private collections.
The book was published using various cultural grants so that the end result is a most affordable work. This is going to be a classic, like Helmut Ricke's Swedish Glass catalogues which is not only unavailable but fully unaffordable, and Leslie Piña's Ice and Fire books – which are merely unaffordable. Where can you get a well written and superbly illustrated glass book for 11 pence per page these days?