An exploration of the parallel development of product and graphic design from the 18th century to the 21st. The effects of mass production and consumption, man-made industrial materials and extended lines of communication are also discussed.
This perceptive, wide-ranging book surveys the applied arts and industrial design from the eighteenth century to the present day, exploring the dynamic relationship between design and manufacturing, and the technological, social, and commercial contexts in which the relationship developed. This substantially revised and expanded second edition offers several new features, including: an updated and expanded timeline and bibliography; inclusion of more recent trends and perspectives in design; a larger section on contemporary design; and more discussion of designed artifacts in relation to interior's rather than as stand alone 'objects, ' to promote discussion of lifestyles and the experience of design by users. -- Book Jacket.
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With some 280 colour illustrations, Introduction to Modern Design takes us on a visual survey of design from the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century to the Maker Movement of today. It offers a new understanding of the birth of modern design in the early twentieth century and chronicles the way its meaning has changed over the decades. The narrative is supported by twenty-six readings from significant texts by designers and critics, offering readers an opportunity to learn about design from those who created it and those who commented on it as it was done. The focus of this book is on the objects themselves-from industrial design, furniture, ceramics, textiles, graphics, electronics, to automobiles-and explores the development of these designs in relation to industrialization, technology, environmental responsibility, consumerism, individual needs, and the expression of the social values of their day. Clearly written and accessible, Introduction to Modern Design provides a succinct history of, and fascinating insights into, the world of design.
One of the worlds most important collections of twentiethcentury designThe Stewart Collection in Montrealcelebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2010. The Stewart Collection incorporates iconic furniture, ceramics, textiles, posters, graphic art, jewelry, and everyday objects from the 1930s to today. This book presents items chronologically, highlighting contrasts and parallels between works including posters by Max Bill, an armchair by Frank Lloyd Wright, and a drawing for the Bakelite Corporation by Rolf Scarlett. Striking contrasts abound in the juxtaposition of such diverse works as silverware by Puiforcat, glassware by Alvar Aalto, ceramics by Russel Wright, textiles by Marianne Straub, and a lamp by Karl Trabert. Each decade of the twentieth century is introduced by an essay giving the context that shaped the works, providing a history of modern design. Great designers, including lesser-known but highly influential figures, are presented alongside their signature creations that retain a prominent place in the design world today.