Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture and the Decorative Arts

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Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture and the Decorative Arts by Myriam Blais, Sarah Bonnemaison, Paul Bourassa, Patricia Bovey, Rae Bridgman, John L. Brown, Jean-Pierre Chupin, Alain Findeli, Mayo Graham, Lutz Haufschild, Gloria Hickey, Stephen Inglis, Penelope Kokkinos, Michael McClelland, Gerald L. Picius, Nicolas Reeves & Virigina Wright

8vo. pp. 18. English & French text. b/w illustrations. paperback (near fine - covers bit scuffed). Hull: The Canadian Museum of Civilization & The Institute for Contemporary Canadian Craft, [1999].

Mercury Series Canadian Centre for Folk Culture Studies Paper 72.

ISBN-10: 0660175053 / ISBN-13: 9780660175058 


This collection of 16 essays reveals provocative common ground between contemporary craft, architecture and decorative arts. The chief feature of the common ground is the integration of designing and making. Long considered the birthright of craftspeople, it is now the focus of contemporary architectural analysis. Scholars, architects and craftspeople - inspired by the historical precedent of the Bauhaus and architectural theorists such as Gottfried Semper - probe the contemporary relevance of the relationship between the design process, building or making methods and materials. This volume includes essays by museum and gallery professionals that trace the historical precedents of their craft collections, the patrons who shaped them, and the current direction of institutional policies regarding the collecting and exhibiting of craft. Also included is a photo essay documenting the integration of craft and architecture in a case study of the Fuji Pavilion in the Montreal Botanical Garden