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The design history reader

The design history reader

Lees-Maffei, Grace; Houze, Rebecca

Drawn from scholarly and polemical books, research articles, exhibition catalogues and magazines, this text provides an essential resource for understanding the history of design, the development of the discipline and contemporary issues in design history and practice

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Published Oxford: Berg, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Grace Lees-Maffei and Rebecca Houze
ISBN: 1847883885, 1847883893, 9781847883889, 9781847883896
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 546 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Subject: Design History.; Art and Design.

Contents

  1. List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors
  2. General Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  3. Part One: Histories
  4. Introduction to Part One, Rebecca Houze
  5. SECTION 1: NEW DESIGNERS 1676- 1820
  6. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  7. 1. An Indian Basket, Providence, Rhode Island, 1676, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
  8. 2. A Slipware Dish by Samuel Malkin: An Analysis of Vernacular Design, Darron Dean
  9. 3. Of The Division of Labour, Adam Smith
  10. 4. The Wedgwood Slave Medallion: Values in Eighteenth-Century Design, Mary Guyatt
  11. 5. Manufacturing, Consumption and Design in Eighteenth Century England, John Styles
  12. Guide to Further Reading for Section 1
  13. SECTION 2: DESIGN REFORM 1820-1910
  14. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  15. 6. Science, Industry, and Art, Gottfried Semper
  16. 7. The Nature of Gothic, John Ruskin
  17. 8. The Ideal Book, William Morris
  18. 9. The 'American System' and Mass-Production from Industrial Design, John Heskett
  19. 10. The 1900 Paris Exposition, from Art Nouveau in Fin-de-Siècle France, Debora Silverman
  20. 11. The Art and Craft of the Machine, Frank Lloyd Wright
  21. Guide to Further Reading for Section 2
  22. SECTION 3: MODERNISMS 1908-1950
  23. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  24. 12. Introduction to Modernism in Design, Paul Greenhalgh
  25. 13. Ornament and Crime, Adolf Loos
  26. 14. Werkbund Theses and Antitheses, Hermann Muthesius and Henry van de Velde
  27. 15. The Modern Movement before Nineteen-fourteen from Pioneers of Modern Design, Nikolaus Pevsner
  28. 16. The Coloristes and Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, from Modernism and the Decorative Arts in France, Nancy Troy
  29. 17. From Workshop to Laboratory, from The Bauhaus Reassessed, Gillian Naylor
  30. 18. The Search for an American Design Aesthetic: from Art Deco to Streamlining, Nicolas Maffei
  31. Guide to Further Reading for Section 3
  32. SECTION 4: WAR/POSTWAR/COLD WAR 1943-1970
  33. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  34. 19. Utility Furniture and the Myth of Utility 1943-1948, Matthew Denney
  35. 20. 'Here Is the Modern World Itself' the Festival of Britain's Representations of The Future Becky Conekin
  36. 21. Populuxe, Thomas Hine
  37. 22. The Khrushchev Kitchen: Domesticating the Scientific-Technological Revolution Susan E. Reid
  38. 23. All That Glitters is Not Stainless, Reyner Banham
  39. Guide to Further Reading for Section 4
  40. SECTION 5: POSTMODERNISMS 1967-2006
  41. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  42. 24. A Significance for A & P Parking Lots, or Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott-Brown and Steven Izenour
  43. 25. The Ecstasy of Communication, Jean Baudrillard
  44. 26. There is No Kitsch, There is Only Design!, Gert Selle
  45. 27. Deconstruction and Graphic Design: History Meets Theory, Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller
  46. 28. What was Philippe Starck thinking of? P. Lloyd and D. Snelders
  47. 29. Fabricating Identities: Survival and the Imagination in Jamaican Dancehall Culture, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf
  48. Guide to Further Reading for Section 5
  49. SECTION 6: SUSTAINABLE FUTURES 1960-2003
  50. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  51. 30. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth, R. Buckminster Fuller
  52. 31. How to Outmode a $4,000 Vehicle in Two Years, from The Waste Makers, Vance Packard
  53. 32. Do-It-Yourself Murder: the Social and Moral Responsibility of the Designer, from Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek
  54. 33. Material Doubts and Plastic Fallout, from American Plastic, Jeffrey L. Meikle
  55. 34. Introduction, The Green Consumer Supermarket Guide, Joel Makower, John Elkington, and Julia Hailes
  56. 35. Redefining Rubbish: Commodity Disposal and Sourcing, Nicky Gregson and Louise Crewe
  57. 36. The Hannover Principles. Design for Sustainability, William McDonough
  58. Guide to Further Reading for Section 6
  59. Part Two: Methods and Themes
  60. Introduction to Part Two , Grace Lees-Maffei
  61. SECTION 7: FOUNDATIONS, DEBATES, HISTORIOGRAPHY, 1980-1995
  62. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  63. 37. Taking Stock in Design History, Fran Hannah and Tim Putnam
  64. 38. The State of Design History, Part I: Mapping the Field, Clive Dilnot
  65. 39. Design History and the History of Design, John A. Walker
  66. 40. Design History or Design Studies: Subject Matter and Methods, Victor Margolin
  67. 41. Resisting Colonization: Design History Has Its Own Identity, Jonathan M. Woodham
  68. Guide to Further Reading for Section 7
  69. SECTION 8: OBJECTS, SUBJECTS AND NEGOTIATIONS
  70. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  71. 42. Object as Image: The Italian Scooter Cycle, Dick Hebdige
  72. 43. The Most Cherished Objects in the Home, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Eugene Rochberg-Halton
  73. 44. How the Refrigerator Got Its Hum, Ruth Schwartz Cowan
  74. 45. The History of Craft, Paul Greenhalgh
  75. 46. Faith, Form and Finish: Shaker Furniture in Context, Jean M. Burks
  76. Guide to Further Reading for Section 8
  77. SECTION 9: GENDER AND DESIGN
  78. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  79. 47. FORM/female FOLLOWS FUNCTION/male: Feminist Critiques of Design, Judy Attfield
  80. 48. The Architect's Wife, Introduction to As Long As Its Pink, Penny Sparke
  81. 49. Humanizing Modernism: the Crafts, 'Functioning Decoration,' and the Eamses, Pat Kirkham
  82. 50. 'In London's maze': the pleasures of fashionable consumption from The Hidden Consumer, Christopher Breward
  83. 51. Self-Made Motormen: The Material Construction of Working-class Masculine Identities through Car Modification, Andrew Bengry-Howell and Christine Griffin
  84. Guide to Further Reading for Section 9
  85. SECTION 10: CONSUMPTION
  86. Introduction, Rebecca Houze
  87. 52. The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret, from Capital, Karl Marx
  88. 53. Conspicuous Consumption from The Theory of the Leisure Class, Thorstein Veblen
  89. 54. Myth Today, The New Citroën, and Plastic, from Mythologies, Roland Barthes
  90. 55. Introduction and The Sense of Distinction from Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu
  91. 56. 'Parties Are the Answer': The Ascent of the Tupperware Party, Alison Clarke
  92. 57. The Revolution Will Be Marketed: American Corporations and Black Consumers during the 1960s, Robert E. Weems, Jr.
  93. Guide to Further Reading for Section 10
  94. SECTION 11: MEDIATION
  95. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  96. 58. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, Walter Benjamin
  97. 59. Advertising, Mother of Graphic Design, Steven Heller
  98. 60. 'Decorators May Be Compared to Doctors' An Analysis of Rhoda and Agnes Garrett's Suggestions For House Decoration In Painting, Woodwork And Furniture (1876), Emma Ferry
  99. 61. Integrative Practice: Oral History, Dress and Disability Studies, Liz Linthicum
  100. 62. Introduction to Design and the Modern Magazine, Jeremy Aynsley and Kate Forde
  101. Guide to Further Reading for Section 11
  102. SECTION 12: LOCAL/REGIONAL/NATIONAL/GLOBAL
  103. Introduction, Grace Lees-Maffei
  104. 63. Finding Poland in the Margins: The Case of the Zakopane Style, David Crowley
  105. 64. Furniture Design and Colonialism: Negotiating Relationships between Britain and Australia, 1880-1901, Tracey Avery
  106. 65. "From Baby's First Bath:" Kaô Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design, Gennifer Weisenfeld
  107. 66. Land Rover and Colonial-Style Adventure, Jeanne Van Eeden
  108. 67. Swoosh Identity: Recontextualizations in Haiti and Romania, Paul B. Bick and Sorina Chiper
  109. Guide to Further Reading for Section 12
  110. Bibliography Index

Author note

Grace Lees-Maffei is Senior Lecturer in the History and Theory of Design and Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire. Rebecca Houze is Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University.

Reviews

The Design History Reader will be of enormous benefit to the field. It includes both an excellent collection of essays on the history of design and essential material related to methods and themes. The scope of this book is remarkable.
David Brody, Parsons, the New School for Design||Intelligently selected and carefully structured, with an impressive temporal and geographical range, this collection will prove invaluable to students new to design history, but has wider potential for all those involved in historical, cultural and media studies.
Jill Seddon, University of Brighton||Both scholarly and delightfully readable, Design History Reader provides a valuable compilation of canonical texts along with a series of thoughtful contemporary essays on a wide range of topics.
Marianne Eggler, Museum of Modern Art, New York||The Design History Reader offers a fine blend of texts through which to explore the field, and comprises a valuable resource for an up-to-date design history survey.
Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo||This comprehensive selection of texts by designers, theorists and design historians range from eighteenth century economics to manifestoes on sustainability. Thoughtfully organised and thoroughly contextualised, The Design History Reader will be indispensable to students, lecturers and researchers.
Deborah Sugg Ryan, University College Falmouth||the Reader acts as an essential resource for understanding the history of design, the development of the discipline, and contemporary issues in design history and practice.
New Design||In this resource, not only are the chosen writings excellent examples, but the structure of the book itself is a model of clarity … A very useful, eclectic and elegant resource for understanding and exploring the history and development of design. Its range … is impressive, and it would prove an excellent model and introductory resource, not just to design students but to those interested in other areas such as media, art, and critical, cultural and historical studies.
The Higher Education Academy||A really good read. Lees-Maffei and Houze have skilfully collected and edited a wide range of interesting and sometimes unexpected (but very rewarding) essays and, furthermore, have organized them in a clear and navigable way.
Design Issues||Serves as both a handy undergraduate or postgraduate textbook, as well as a valuable reference for seasoned scholars … A timely contribution to the field, not only in [its] confirmation of design history's vitality, but also it [its] stimulating and provocative theoretical reflections.
Design and Culture||In this resource, not only are the chosen writings excellent examples, but the structure of the book itself is a model of clarity. A very useful, eclectic and elegant resource for understanding and exploring the history and development of design. Its range is impressive, and it would prove an excellent model and introductory resource, not just to deisgn students but to those interested in other areas such as media, art, and critical, cultural and historical studies.
Mary Loveday Edwards - Plymouth College of Art