Written by Roy McMakin, Contribution by John Baldessari, Michael Darling, Lisa Eisner and Michael Ned Holte
April 6, 2010
Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
9-3/4 x 12-1/2
About This Book
The long-anticipated comprehensive monograph on the art world’s most admired designer. Roy McMakin is at once an artist, furniture designer, and architect. His seemingly simple chairs, tables, dressers, and other furniture pieces at first appear childlike and often whimsical; upon closer inspection these pieces evoke contemporary art references as well as domestic archetypal forms. Long a favorite among the art-world cognoscenti and tastemakers, McMakin’s creations seamlessly merge grandma’s furniture with modern design and contemporary art. Each piece of furniture, interior, or art installation is infused with rigor as well as humor through tweaked proportions, innately sculptural forms, and craftsmanship of the highest order. This long-awaited volume collects McMakin’s most important creations and commissions from his thirty-year career.
About the Author
Roy McMakin is an acclaimed artist and designer based in Seattle. John Baldessari is a Los Angeles-based artist. Michael Darling is a curator at the Seattle Art Museum. Lisa Eisner is a photographer and cofounder of Greybull Press. Michael Ned Holte is a Los Angeles–based writer and curator.
"...At once an architect and a furniture designer, this monograph proves McMakin above all an artist....Highly recommended reading." ~Curated.com
"A dance between intellect and affect, his stunning 208-page monograph (with captivating contributions by is a Los Angeles-based artist, John Baldessari, Michael Darling, curator at the Seattle Art Museum, Lisa Eisner, photographer and cofounder of Greybull Press Michael, and Los Angeles–based writer and curator Ned Holte) captures Makin's attentiveness to the tempestuous nature of the human spirit-- in it's many forms." ~CuratedObject.us
"Roy McMakin: When Is a Chair Not a Chair asks the right question about the work of the 53-year-old artist, furniture designer and architect. The answer: sometimes. Mr. McMakin, who lives in Seattle, makes furniture that is comfortable, yet bedevils the eye." ~New York Times
"This lush volume of his work is an apt primer on the Seattle-based art and design world darling. Visual puns executed by seemingly simple plays on classic Shaker design, never-before-seen private installations, and commentary by artist John Baldessari and Seattle Art Museum curator Michael Darling round out the survey." ~OUT
"A retrospective of artist Roy Mcmakin's work, this book proves, without a doubt, that McMakin is one of the design geniuses of our time." ~Riviera
"A perfect beginning to an attractive book..." ~Interior Design