Emil Milan was an influential designer, artist, and craftsman, whose work represents the essence of midcentury modern design.

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First Prize — American Alliance of Museums Publications Design Competition
Gold Medal — Independent Publisher Book Awards
Regional Winner — PRINT Regional Design Awards
Official Selection — Creative Quarterly

Emil Milan: Midcentury Master is the first biography dedicated to woodworker Emil Milan (American, 1922–1985). Milan was a major contributor to the studio craft movement in the United States. His signature designs of bird sculptures and fish- and leaf-shaped bowls, trays, and serving ware are collected by individuals and museums alike. The publication is filled with stories, artifacts, and photographs and contains the largest catalogue of his artworks to date. It illuminates his process, methods, and teaching practices, as well as the warmth and humor of his unforgettable personality.

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This is far and away the best book about any wood artist that I am aware of.

—Steve

What a wonderful book—an amazing job of putting together a comprehensive story about the work of a master craftsman. The production values are top notch, the photos are crisp and capture the feeling of many of the pieces. If you love wood objects or craftsmanship this book will not disappoint you.

—Stephen C. Keeble

This is a beautiful book in every sense—the design, photographs, and storytelling.

—Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine

The book itself is a fine example of book arts of the first order. 

I purchased the limited edition with the wooden case and it is well worth the modest added cost. Whichever edition you decide to collect, you will be grateful to have this book in your collection and to learn of the surprisingly beautiful contributions of Emil Milan, an outstanding representative of Mid-Century American arts and crafts..

—Terry

The Emil Milan book is magnificent. The design, artwork, layout, cover, photos are so well coordinated with the narrative. There he is, Emil Milan, from beginning to end. The insights contained within make the reader sit back, reflect, take notice, and just feel good. Milan comes through as a person with shining, inspirational qualities.

—Ronald Springwater

"Emil Milan: Midcentury Master" is beautiful to look at, to hold, and to read. My house guest, who is not a "wood person," was absolutely intrigued. New convert—well-done!

—Tib

The book is just plain outstanding....can't think of a better word...and such a tribute to Emil and the volume of his work.

—Tom

The 1970s Classic T-Shirt Resurrected

Originally designed by Emil Milan’s students who attended Peters Valley School of Craft in the 1970s, this design uses their teacher’s mantra “wood is warm,” inside an image of a signature Emilan bird and bowl. The design has been updated in mod color combinations, on a soft unisex t-shirt.

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Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition
Midcentury Master—Standard Edition

Midcentury Master—Standard Edition

$65.00

The first publication dedicated to Emil Milan: artist, designer, and woodworker who was at the forefront of midcentury modern design.

  • 9 x 11 in.
  • 272 pages
  • Hardback, thread-sewn
  • 4-color stochastic printing
  • Printed on heavy, art-quality paper
  • Printed endpapers
  • Nearly 300 color images
  • Published by The Center for Art in Wood in collaboration with the Emil Milan Research Project

ISBN: 978-0-9729943-8-5


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