Objects of Desire: Design and Society, 1750-1980

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9780500234532: Objects of Desire: Design and Society, 1750-1980
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A social history of industrial and consumer design, this provocative study opens up new ways of looking at thousands of objects in our daily environment. Forty, a British architectural historian, notes that design changes have played a key role in gaining acceptance for products and creating wealth. Eighteenth century manufacturers drew heavily on archaic models to overcome consumer resistance to new technology, whereas contemporary makers of high-tech gadgets design utopian images promising a better future. The Victorian home, a sentimental "palace of illusions," was stuffed with theatrical furniture and intricate harmonies that smothered all associations with the unscrupulous world of commerce and work. Notions of cleanliness and hygiene have figured prominently in design, from Le Corbusier's polished exteriors to the streamlining of railway compartment upholstery to remodeling of bathroom fixtures and vacuum cleaners. Forty shows that much more than artistic taste goes into design considerations. Hundreds of illustrations are interwoven with the text.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Intriguing for its illustrations of oddities in the history of industrial design (e.g., the Squirrel sewing machine, 1858), Forty's analysis is basically soft-sell Marxist ideology, written for general readers. The author's research is based primarily upon secondary sources, with comments added to demonstrate his thesis: "To make sense of design, we must recognize that its disguising, concealing, and tranforming powers have been essential to the progress of modern industrial societies." Chapters are thematic: "Hygiene and Cleanliness," for example, treats refrigerators, bathrooms, railway coach cars, school chairs, and vacuum cleaners. Recommended, with reservations, for large collections. Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Art Dept., Goucher Coll., Towson, Md.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Editore: Thames and Hudson, London. 1986. (1986)
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Descrizione libro Thames and Hudson, London. 1986., 1986. Large 8vo, 245pp, black and white illustrations. Very good hardback copy in like dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 101305

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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1986. Paperback. Condizione libro: Good. Paperback; English language; good condition; crease down front cover, writting on first page. Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. For buyers outside the UK we now offer significantly lower rates on our airmail shipping. Codice libro della libreria 10602cra033

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