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    Peter Fiell,Charlotte Fiell
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    TASCHEN; 1st ed. edition (February 1, 2003)
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    704 pages
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Charlotte J. Fiell studied at the British Institute, Florence and at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London, where .

Charlotte J. Fiell studied at the British Institute, Florence and at Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts, London, where she received a BA (Hons) in the History of Drawing and Printmaking with Material Science. She later trained with Sotheby's Educational Studies, also in London. Peter M. Fiell trained with Sotheby's Educational Studies in London and later received an MA in Design Studies from Central St Martin's College of Art & Design, London.

Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell.

Charlotte & Peter Fiell. Hardcover, 1. x 1. cm, 704 pages. About the series About the series.

Author: Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell. Scandinavians are exceptionally gifted in design

Scandinavians are exceptionally gifted in design. The marriage of beautiful organic forms with everyday functionality is one of the primary strengths of Scandinavian design and one of the reasons why Scandinavian creations are so cherished and sought after.

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Modern Scandinavian Design. The Scandinavian Home: Interiors Inspired by Light. Discover classic and contemporary Scandinavian style with specially commissioned photography of homes in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Place of Publication.

Looking north, Charlotte & Peter Fiell explore what makes Scandinavia such a hotbed of design talent and innovation and fill this publication with their findings. 00 via FREE FEDEX Priority Service.

Scandtastic!: The best of design from northern Europe

ONE OF THE BEST! Sadly I do NOT think it is published anymore. I LOVE this book....glad I HAVE IT. It is one of the most inclusive of all the danish style designers from the 30's - mid 60's when MCM for all practical purposes ended. It also goes up to recent times even though I wasn't really interested in more modern danish designs.
All the books I've bought, are written very successful.
Another one of those excellent Fiell/Taschen overviews on design. This time, a huge 704 page, beautifully designed and printed pictorial collection of the essence of Scandinavian creativity. Although it covers the obvious furniture, metalware, glass, textiles and ceramics it also considers commercial products from companies like Fiskars, Hasselblad, IKEA, Lego, Saab, Volvo and nicely, even a company like Kompan, a producer of childrens playground equipment that is sold worldwide. I think this is one reason for the commercial and creative success of Scandinavian products, they believe that good, simple design should be applied to everything and be available to all, the introduction calls these products democratic objects.

The book is a joy to look at. Each designer (or company with their logo) starts on a spread with a small head shot of the person, some text and the rest of the space, sometimes over several pages, devoted to photos. Interestingly with so many photos (more than 1600) many of which came from various sources, the color values are very similar and they all blend together throughout the book. I think Taschen are to be congratulated on producing (yet again) a stunning looking book that covers the subject so well and anyone involved with craft creativity and design will be pleased to have a copy.

***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
Ikea would have you believe that legions of brilliant, unknown designers toil tirelessly in arctic sweatshops across Scandinavia to bring you items you didn't even know you wanted. This book is the next best thing to an anxiety attack over swedish meatballs at the local Ikea megastore.

My criticism is that there is little rhyme or reason to the pieces chosen for inclusion. The book just haphazardly marches through: here a chaise lounge, here an end table, here a sconce grafted to a candelabra. If it were better organized with more descriptive text and designer bios including guiding ethos, it would be an excellent introduction to Scandinavian design.