By Todd Merrill and Julie Iovine
And they were characters, as Ms. Iovine discovered to her delight.
Take Jack Rogers Hopkins, whose 1972 Womb Room was made from 13 feet of Honduras mahogany — a kind of ’70s Sensurround Barcalounger, with a leather seat and foot rest, radio, speakers and bookshelf. It was destroyed by its maker, possibly because it never found a buyer, but also, as Mr. Merrill and Ms. Iovine write, because “the experiment in creative discovery” was complete.
“It was their entrepreneurial artistry that fascinated me,” Ms. Iovine said of her subjects. The book is an introduction to their unsung and, in many cases, unfamiliar worlds, she said. “Hopefully each one of these characters will get their own treatment now.”