why this product
  • Best known for creating "functional sculpture" - bowls, trays, and serving utensils - which were widely sold in stores around the country
  • Looks at Milan as an inspiration to a new generation of woodworking artists


Artist Emil Milan (American, 1922-1985) was a major contributor to the studio craft movement in the 1950s and 60s. He was an innovator in woodworking tools and techniques, and a pioneer in using power tools to boost production. After training to be a sculptor at the Art Students League of New York, he developed and produced a distinctive line of "functional sculpture" - wooden bowls, trays, and serving ware - that captured the essence of Midcentury Modern Design. He stood with now legendary artists and designers like Wharton Esherick, Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Charles Eames, George Nakashima, and Bob Stocksdale (among others) in the most important exhibitions of fine craft in America. His wares were tailored for and sold in high-end retailers such as Hammacher Schlemmer, Saks Fifth Avenue and the original Pottery Barn store in Manhattan. After moving to rural Pennsylvania in 1961, he re-emerged as a teacher, mentor, and role model for dozens of successful artists and woodworkers who found inspiration in his teaching, his methods, and his self-sufficient lifestyle close to nature. After fading into obscurity following his death, this book rekindles awareness and appreciation of this remarkable American artist.

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• Hardcover


• Pages: 272

• Illustrations: 219 color, 54 b&w

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Emil Milan: Midcentury Master

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The ACC Distribution Emil Milan: Midcentury Master surveys the career of Emil Milan (American, 1922 1985), a major contributor to the studio craft movement in the 1950s and 60s.



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• Foreword

• Introduction

• Part 1: Roselle, New Jersey

• Part 2: Thompson, Pennsylvania

• Part 3: Revival

• Epilogue: Emil Milan in Perspective

• Circle of Influence

• Catalogue of Emil Milan Artworks

• Biographical Timeline

• Exhibitions

• Museum Collections

• Resources

• Index.

  • Technical Specifications: 9 in x 11 in
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  • Product Code: V176000397225

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