Author: Michael Crow

Published by: Popular Woodworking Books
Published: 2015
Pages: 175
RRP: $39.99


This style of furniture is all the rage and for very good reasons. Not only does MCM still look ‘contemporary’, meaning it’s a style that we can now label as being ‘classic’, it also matches current thinking on the use of minimalist component sizings.

There are 29 projects in this book, all presented in a concise manner. The first two projects are given a step-by-step photographic treatment; however for the remainder what you get is a coloured sketch of the finished item, line drawings, a cutting list and a very short intro. The level of difficulty ranges from simple through to mostly intermediate level skills, with a few that push harder. The drawings and renderings have been based on catalogue and auction photos. Measurements given are all imperial.

A 14 page introduction covers the history of MCM and includes short bios of some of the big name designers such as Finn Juhl, Hans Knoll, Børge Mogensen, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Hans Wegner and others, and even George Nakashima who the author points out had a MCM ‘period’.

Another 14 page chapter deals with tools and techniques, generalising about the materials, equipment and methods that can be employed to complete the projects presented. This section has some photos which are passable. Basically this is not a ‘how to make furniture book’, as basic skills are assumed.

Projects include an array of tables, chairs, benches, shelving units, cabinets and more that are arranged in sections for Entryway, Living Room, Dining Room, Study and Bedroom.

This is the first such project book on mid-century modern style that has crossed our desk. There may well be others, but if you’re into this style this book is recommended. 

We have one copy to give away. Just email the title of the 9-page MCM cabinet project by Neil Erasmus that appeared in issue 87 of Australian Wood Review to  Please note: “correct” entries also include full name and address of sender.
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