Todd Merrill Publications
Self-published catalogs for many of the Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary artists are available for viewing online and for purchase through the gallery.
In 2008, Rizzoli published Merrill’s book, Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam, now a seminal work on late twentieth-century American studio furniture. To celebrate the tenth anniversary, in 2018 Rizzoli published an expanded edition, adding 60 pages to his original book. This survey of the period continues with two massive additional chapters focused on Women Makers and Showrooms.
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Modern Americana: Studio Furniture From High Craft to High Glam (2018 Edition)
The 2008 publication of Modern Americana became the first full survey of this prolific but forgotten period of design, bringing to life again the works of Samuel Marks, Billy Haines, Wendell Castle, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Karl Springer, James Mont, and many others.
This 2018, tenth anniversary edition continues the survey of the period into the 1990s by adding two important chapters on Women Makers and Showrooms. 60 pages have been added to the new edition, infusing the book with book an incredible array of new photography and the inclusion of record setting, iconic pieces from auction houses around the world.
Copies of the book can be ordered through the gallery.
Modern Americana: Studio Furniture From High Craft to High Glam (2008 edition)
In the current world of twentieth-century design collecting, the trend has shifted away from accessible, mass-manufactured modernist furniture and toward designs that were custom-made or produced in very limited editions, with emphasis on American studio design of the 1940s to the 1990s. Copies of the book can be ordered through the gallery.
When creating his bronze and steel sculptures and furniture, Magakis looks to ancient metal arts, modern architecture and sculpture, and the American Studio Craft Movement for inspiration. His distinct approach to design produces bold and dense geometric forms that exude a Modernist elegance and buoyancy. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Jean-Luc Le Mounier
In his Dinard workshop, in the heart of his native Brittany, Jean-Luc Le Mounier conducts of team of master craftsmen to create elegant and graphic furniture, deeply rooted in tradition, with decidedly modern motifs. The high level of attention to detail in both construction and design is a testimony to Le Mournier’s audacity and sensibility. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Brooklyn-based Stefan Rurak’s furniture defies conventional boundaries – merging fine art aesthetics, modern conceptual design, and traditional, hand-made craftsmanship techniques. His evocative, one-of-a-kind works are the type of collectible pieces built to span generations.Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Brecht Wright Gander
Brecht Wright Gander treats functionality as a ground for aesthetic play. His wide-ranging curiosity fuels his research-driven practice. With unyielding confidence, Gander engages a multitude of unconventional materials in ways which cause them to spark, become molten, desiccate, oxidize, exhale and twist. He describes his unique works as “a culmination of many collisions.”Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Alex Roskin’s works blend functional design with modernist sculptural references. A natural successor of innovative artists such as Richard Serra, Jean Arp, and Constantin Brancusi, Roskin’s cast bronze, stainless steel, and carved wood worksreflects the artist’s modernist and primitive influences.Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Art Nouveau, Romanticism and Modernism are all touch points for artist Dominick Leuci in creating the fresh visual lexicon of what he refers to as ‘Romodernism’. Individualism and sublime nature capture the Romantic era; curvilinear flora designs convey the period of Art Nouveau, and when combined with the non-traditional approach of the Modernist movement, Leuci’s work becomes unlinked to any specific period of design. It hovers and floats freely into the future. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
While not easily categorized by a singular style, Jadot’s work could most easily be recognized by his affinity for repurposed materials and his deft eye at creating harmony and balance out of the collision of disparate elements. With the vision and confidence to experiment and evolve, Jadot has made a practice of skirting tradition by mixing genres, inspirations, and materials to achieve his iconoclastic vision. Key to his work process is a strong belief in craftsmanship and integrity in terms of behavior and approach. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Sullivan creates customizable sculptural furniture pieces using a complex process of three-dimensional assemblage and sculpting. Employing advanced casting techniques, Sullivan constructs exquisite, realistic bronze interpretations of her organic subject matter. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Ceramist Mindy Horn’s believes that a life, an idea, or a work of art all begin with perfection, or as she puts it “an untested plan of what they are meant to be.” In the course of development, as each are nurtured and buffeted by forces beyond their control, they are constantly mutating in order to grow and survive. In her work, it is precisely this mutability or ability to adapt an altered blueprint that creates complexity and deeper layers of meaning. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
Employing elements of constructivism, minimalism, and postmodernism, Przemek Pyszczek’s (pronounced p-SHEM-ek pish-check) sculptures and installations thematically explore the homogeneity of mass-produced communist architecture and the visual legacy that flourished after the fall of the Eastern Bloc. In collaboration with Todd Merrill Studio Pyszczek translates his conceptual Playground Structures into high-end, playfully utilitarian furniture design. Copies of the catalog can be ordered through the gallery.
James Mont: The King Cole Penthouse
The first book devoted to James Mont, the iconic American mid-century interior and furniture designer. He established his reputation in America for creating custom clandestine bars during Prohibition for Hollywood stars and East Coast mobsters. By the mid-1930s, he had a thriving design business based in New York City.