Revisiting Nomadic Furniture

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Papanek and Hennessy’s Nomadic Furniture , Via Rootsimple

The 1970s was a golden era for DIY furniture manuals. One of the best is Nomadic Furniture, a 1973 book by designers Victor Papanek and James Hennessy.

Papanek and Hennessy are gifted designers. Nomadic Furniture contains instructions for cardboard seats, bookshelves, lamps made from milk jugs, hexagonal dining sets as well as a two page hymn to the waterbed (ok, not sure about that thoughtstyling). The subtitle of the book sums it up, “how to build and where to buy lightweight furniture that folds, inflates, knocks down, stacks, or is disposable and can be recycled.”

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  1. If you like that kind of functional design, check out work by Ken Isaacs. Google Ken Issacs Superchair.

    This link is good coverage of his work http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum/images/pdf/selim_culturebreakers-kenisaacs.pdf

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