1st Edition

An Illustrated Guide to Furniture History

By Joclyn M. Oats Copyright 2021
    386 Pages 319 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    386 Pages 319 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    An Illustrated Guide to Furniture History provides upper-level students and instructors with an alternative visual analytical approach to learning about furniture history from Antiquity to Postmodernism. Following an immersive teaching model, it presents a Nine-Step Methodology to help students strengthen their visual literacy and quickly acquire subject area knowledge.

    Moving chronologically through key periods in furniture history and interior design, such as the Renaissance, the Arts and Crafts Movement, and Modernism, it traverses Europe to America to present a comprehensive foundational guide to the history of furniture design.

    Part I addresses furniture within the context of the built environment, with chapters exploring the historical perspective, construction principles, and the categorization of furniture. In Part II, the author visually depicts the structural organization of the methodological process, a three-category framework: History, Aesthetics, and Visual Notes. The chapters in this part prepare the reader for the visual analysis that will occur in the final section of the book. The book is lavishly illustrated in full color with over 300 images to reinforce visual learning and notation.

    A must-have reference and study guide for students in industrial and product design, interior design, and architecture.

    Part I: Furniture and the Built Environment  Chapter 1 A Historical Perspective  Chapter 2 Construction Principles  Chapter 3 Piece Categorically  Part II: Understanding the Piece  Chapter 4 The Analysis of Form  Chapter 5 A Graphic Narrative  Part III: Object of Desire  Part III Introduction  Chapter 6 Antiquity: Egypt, Greece and Rome  Chapter 7 Renaissance: Italy, France and England  Chapter 8 18th Century: Italy, France and England & America – Late Colonial  Chapter 9 Precursors to Modernism: Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Viennese Secession American Arts and Crafts – Prairie Style & Craftsman Style  Chapter 10 Modernist Movements:  Deutscher Werkbund, Bauhaus, De Stijl, International Style  Chapter 11 Early Modernist Designers and Architects: Pierre Chareau (1883–1950), Eleen Gray (1879–1976), Jean Prouvé (1901–1984), Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999)  Chapter 12 Modernism in America and the European Connection  Chapter 13 Movements after Modernism: High-tech, Postmodermism, Deconstructivism  Chapter 14 Conclusion 


    Joclyn M. Oats is a tenured Associate Professor in the Design Department at Columbia College Chicago, USA. Joclyn has practiced architecture and interior design and served the College in an administrative capacity as coordinator and director for the BFA, Interior Architecture, MFA, Architectural Studies, and the MFA, Interior Architecture Programs for over a decade. Her teaching has covered a wide range of courses for both graduate and undergraduate levels: studio courses, technical courses, and architecture and design history surveys.

    "Joclyn Oats has invaluably assembled a fascinating compilation celebrating the Art of Furniture History & Design. She provides a look into the drawing archives of notable practitioners and exceptional presentation of her own eloquent visual and textual literacy. A beautifully crafted inspiring resource, sure to cultivate a desire to learn and create."- Clemenstien Love, Art + Design Director, THE cre.æ.tive ROOM 

    "A revelatory way to gain a deep understanding and instinctive feel for furniture, Joclyn Oats' Illustrated Guide to Furniture History lights the path toward a level of understanding that simple memorization of facts and dates simply can't achieve. Using sketching and other simple learning tools, Oats shares what is probably the most effective and enjoyable method available to develop a true sensitivity for furniture styles and characteristics."Zurich Esposito, Hon. AIA

    "Joclyn Oats has written an exceptionally engaging book that will delight the reader who is on a journey to learn the history of furniture. Designers and students of design will thoroughly enjoy the beautiful images and historical context."Denise Rush, ASID, IIDA, IDEC, Dean and Faculty, School of Interior Architecture, Boston Architectural College, USA