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Kem Weber
Kem Weber

Kem Weber

Mid-Century Furniture Designs for the Disney Studios

12+

ARCHITECTURE

136 Pages, 10.75 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (CA $33.95) (US $24.95)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781732602083

Rights: US & CA

The Old Mill Press (Oct 2020)

Not yet published. Ships 10/15/2020.
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Overview

Kem Weber (1889—1960), a well-known mid-century architect, was part of the distinctive West Coast modernism movement that helped shaped the relaxed California lifestyle. He influenced California style during the mid-twentieth century with buildings architecture, interior designs and furniture, including his famed Air Line chair, which is part of many museum furniture collections. As chief designer for the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank in 1939, Kem Weber also designed the specialized animation furniture that went into the then new studio complex. The Disney animation furniture, which has been lauded in recent years, was designed for specific animation disciplines, with input from the artists who would be using it. It was all part of Walt Disney's desire to create an efficient utopian campus for animated film production. This book is a comprehensive overview of the Kem Weber designed Disney animation furniture that takes the reader on a journey from concept sketches and photos to interviews with legendary artists. David A. Bossert celebrates and details the form and function of this unique mid-century furniture and the impact it had on the Disney animation process over the decades.

Author Biography

David A. Bossert is an award-winning artist, filmmaker, and author. He worked at The Walt Disney Company for more than 32-years and is now an independent producer, creative director, and writer. Bossert contributed his talents to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Fantasia 2000, Destino and many others. He is a member of the CalArts Board of Trustees and is a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) in Pittsburgh. Bossert is an authority on Disney animation history and has written numerous articles, liner notes, and concert program notes related to animation. In 2018, his invention Parallax Based Monoscopic Rendering was awarded a U.S. Patent.