Chicago has been a leader in home good industries since the early days of the city. Chicago Furniture: Art, Craft and Industry 1833-1983 is an encyclopedic record of the chief economic, social, and stylistic factors that influenced the design, production and growth of the furniture industry in Chicago. Ayuthor Sharon Darling considers not only business conditions and technological developments but also changes in taste and consumer habits and examines the cultural context in which furniture serves both as functional product and as a symbol of social, economic, and moral status. Black and white photographs throughout. Limited quantities. Paperback. 406 pages.