19 October 2011

Norman Cherner Book. How Much Would You Pay?

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Clearly, I had heard of, and seen, Norman Cherner's famous "Cherner Chair". It's a very liked piece in the mcm market. What I hadn't known about before, was some of the other things he had done.

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Since I'm a fanatic about vintage books, mainly sci-fi, woodworking, and home design, I was really intrigued to find out that Mr. Cherner was a very creative and respected architect of a prefab nature. Along with creating furniture and houses, he also wrote books on these subjects.

Having found out about the books, I had to check them out. Mr. Cherner indeed wrote books. Some very interesting and cool ones in fact. From what I can tell, he wrote 4 books. According to, which his sons run, he wrote: "Fabricating Houses from Component Parts" (1958) "How to Build a House for Less the $6,000" (1960), "Make your own Modern Furniture" (1953) and "How to Build Children's Toys and Furniture" (1954).

All of these books are very interesting to me, but of particular interest to me is the "How to Build a House for Less the $6,000". Now, don't get me wrong, I know that today your not going to get the materials for less than $6000, but I have to imagine that there are some very cool ideas in this book. Only, there is one small problem... The price tag for the book. From what I can tell online, the book sales for anywhere between $200 and $300 dollars. To collectors that may not seem unreasonable, but it's just out of my price range for the moment. Respecting the rarity and design quality of the book, I can see why it would fetch such a price. For me though, I'd rather buy more furniture wood.

Also, for more info on the Cherner Chair, Norman Cherner, and furniture that has been created by Benjamin Cherner, go to

 If your interested in buying any of Norman Cherner's books, below you will find links to what I've found offered online. These are all the links that I have found.

Links to purchase his books
  Fabricating Houses From Component Parts (Hardcover)

Make your own modern furniture;: Working plans and room designs for more comfortable and convenient living [Hardcover]

1957 Norman Cherner PRE-FABRICATING HOUSES 1st edition

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