Author: Anne Bony, Ivan Rakočević
Publisher: Flammarion-Pere Castor
The design of the 1970s was distinguished by a strong confluence of creativity and functionalism in furnishing and decor. We already recognize many '70s furniture designs as icons of mid-century modernism-and the proof is the prices they command at fine furniture auctions today.Bony examines the works of international designers whose creations exemplify this period, from the ergonomically-focused designers working in America to the pure design movement in Scandinavia and design innovators in Italy led by Archizoom, Alchymia, and Gaetano Pesce. This indispensable reference book chronicles the period's interior design trends with over 200 photographs focusing on artistic and decorative innovations that created the first intelligent and informed design conversation between two continents.
Author: Jamie Chavez
Just open this Party in a Book for hours of nostalgic fun. From an overview of the decade, to songs and albums that were tops of the charts, popular television shows, Academy Award-winning movies, and books that everyone bought-to historic events and people that shaped our nation and the world, everything about the forties is inside this book! You'll find lists of the decade's greatest sporting events, as well as clothing trends, hairstyles, interior design references, popular foods-even a recipe representative of the era! With slang and buzzwords on every page, you'll be reminded of pop culture references that are still heard today, and remember things that society has moved beyond. Each 24-page book has a presentation page at the front, plus an autograph spread for partygoers to convey their best wishes to the recipient. Additionally, a CD at the back sets the mood with three of the most popular songs of the era: Paper Doll, In the Mood, and Frenesi.
Author: Nicole Huang, Xincun Huang
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
This book studies a burgeoning middlebrow culture championed and sustained by a group of women writers, editors, and publishers who began their careers in Shanghai in the early 1940s when the city entered into an era of total occupation by the Japanese.
Author: Arthur J. Pulos
Publisher: MIT Press
Traces the history of U.S. industrial design, looks at architecture, cars, furniture, appliances, packaging, and trademarks, and discusses the social economic aspects of design
Author: Jacques Barsac
Publisher: Scheidegger Und Spiess Ag Verlag
Charlotte Perriand is among the foremost figures in twentieth-century interior design. Together with her contemporaries and collaborators Pierre Jeanneret and Le Corbusier, she created many pieces of furniture we now consider classics, including the instantly recognizable LC4 chaise. Her pioneering work with metal was particularly instrumental in paving the way for the machine-age aesthetic popular throughout the 1920s and '30s. The second volume in a planned three-part series, this lavish book covers the years between 1940 and 1955. Beginning in the 1940s, Perriand traveled extensively in Japan by invitation of the Japanese government with whom she worked as an advisor to modernize the country's design. During this period, she took many photographs documenting traditional Japanese culture, many of which are published here for the first time. From 1952 to 1955, a fruitful collaboration with the Ateliers Jean Prouvé provided for the first time the technical means for Perriand to mass-produce her designs while also further improving Prouvé's own work both aesthetically and practically. A number of emblematic masterpieces came about as a result of this collaboration, including the Tunisian and Mexican dormitories at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Covering these important moments and many others, including Perriand's work in Vietnam, in founding the Formes Utiles movement, and in further collaborations with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret,Charlotte Perriand continues the three-volume exploration of this key figure, complete with annotations and a bibliography for further research.
Author: Lesley Jackson
Publisher: Phaidon Press
An exploration of the style that dominated 1950s architecture and design. This book is the first to explore fully the so-called 'contemporary' style that dominated architecture and design from the late 1940s to the end of the 1950s. It was an era of optimism and confidence, where new ideas in architecture and design flourished alongside the emergent consumer culture. Emanating mainly from the USA, the 'contemporary' style was fresh and liberating, manifesting itself in the picture window and the open plan, in new forms of furniture from Scandinavia and stylish light fittings from Italy, and most tellingly in the contemporary kitchen with its fitted units and mod-con appliances. This book examines the fresh and liberated design ideas of this buoyant era with an acute eye and open mind.
Author: Paula Lupkin, Penny Sparke
Bringing together 12 original essays, Shaping the American Interior maps out, for the first time, the development and definition of the field of interiors in the United States in the period from 1870 until 1960. Its interdisciplinary approach encompasses a broad range of people, contexts, and practices, revealing the design of the interior as a collaborative modern enterprise comprising art, design, manufacture, commerce, and identity construction. Rooted in the expansion of mass production and consumption in the last years of the nineteenth century, new and diverse structures came to define the field and provide formal and informal contexts for design work. Intertwined with, but distinct from, architecture and merchandising, interiors encompassed a diffuse range of individuals, institutions, and organizations engaged in the definition of identity, the development of expertise, and the promotion of consumption. This volume investigates the fluid pre-history of the American profession of interior design, charting attempts to commoditize taste, shape modern conceptions of gender and professionalism, define expertise and authority through principles and standards, marry art with industry and commerce, and shape mass culture in the United States.
Author: Elizabeth Jean McMillian
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Dramatic photos and fascinating text explore the rich angular ornament, towers, graphics, and exaggerated works created by architects and designers in 1920s to 1940s Los Angeles. Students and admirers of the Art Deco and Streamline styles will delight in the remarkable array of public buildings, office towers, theaters, restaurants, religious structures, apartments, hotels, and individual homes. Many of the leading architects of the era are featured, including Claude Beelman; Morgan, Walls & Clements; A.C. Martin; Walker & Eisen: and John & Donald B. Parkinson. Celebrating populist, progressive, machine-age Los Angeles, this wonderful book showcases the two main categories of Art Deco styles: the zigzag, perpendicular Deco style of the 1920s and the aerodynamic, cubist style of the Streamline 1930s and early `40s. Allied to these are the many L.A. works known as PWA and Classical Moderne, as well as the playful Regency Moderne. With both exterior and interior views, this is an essential reference and a stunning tribute to architectural expression in Los Angeles.
Author: Alberto Vicente, Marcelo Vasconcellos
This enormous 484-page compendium documents the work of 15 of the leading Brazilian furniture designers in the modern period, between the 1940s and 1970s, including Lina Bo Bardi, Joaquim Tenreiro, José Zanine Caldas, Sergio Rodrigues and Jorge Zalszupin. The extensive selection of reproduction allows the reader to appreciate the details of the designers' creative thinking and the variety of aesthetic solutions. The accompanying text, by Maria Cecilia Loschiavo, examines the elements that brought about the genesis of modern Brazilian design, weaving an analysis that guides the reader to present dialogues between the arts. The book also includes a short biography of each of the designers, plus a chapter on the contributions made by architects to modern furniture design.
Author: Deborah Dietsch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A visual tour of mid-twentieth-century design introduces the bold architecture of the 1940s and 1950s.
Author: Trevor Yorke
Publisher: Countryside Books (GB)
After a golden era of house building in the 1930s, Britain emerged from the Second World War with a desperate need to rebuild its bomb-damaged towns and cities. But there was precious little money to buy the necessary materials, a shortage of skilled labour and a pervading mood of austerity. Nevertheless, there followed a determination to focus upon the future rather than the past. Brighter design, careful planning, and what was called `townscape' began to replace the traditional character of Victorian housing. The 1951 Festival of Britain was regarded as a tonic to the nation and epitomised a sense of direction towards modernity in all aspects of living. Now homes, whether simple prefab bungalows, high-rise flats, or concrete and steel detached houses, all showed this vision. For new owners they were a dream come true as they stepped into living areas draped in sunlight and swathed in vinyl and formica. This book tells the story of the bold new era. It describes the craze for DIY, the growing awareness of colour schemes, and novel ideas in interior decor. It also describes the steady increase in consumerism as new technology introduced the everyday gadgets of modern living to us all. This is the ideal book for those who live or have lived in a property built during the post-war years and who want to learn more about the background to the period; how houses and flats were built and fitted out; and the different styles of decoration that were popular in the 1940s and 1950s. For some it may be a nostalgia trip and for others a useful starting point for renovating a period home. Trevor Yorke is a full-time artist and author. His other books in this series include The Tudor House Explained, Georgian & Regency Houses Explained, The Victorian House Explained, The Edwardian House Explained and The 1930s House Explained. He is also the author of British Architectural Styles --- An Easy Reference Guide.
Author: José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“The inklings of Saramago’s style swell throughout . . . Skylight shines.” — New York Times “Unmistakably Saramago . . . There is no shortage of wonders to be found in [Skylight].” — Washington Post “A fascinating and startlingly mature work . . . The book is a gem.” — Boston Globe Lisbon, late 1940s. The inhabitants of a faded apartment building are struggling to make ends meet: Silvio the cobbler and his wife take in a disaffected young lodger; Dona Lídia, a retired prostitute, is kept by a businessman with a roving eye. Humble salesman Emilio’s Spanish wife is in a permanent rage; beautiful Claudinha’s boss lusts for her; Justina and her womanizer husband live at war with each other. Happy marriages, abusive relationships, jealousy, gossip, love—Skylight is a portrait of ordinary people painted by the master of the quotidian, a great observer of the immense beauty and profound hardship of the modern world. “The gifted young Saramago makes these characters click together in a way that's extremely sympathetic.” — NPR, All Things Considered “It was only a matter of time before a work of such extraordinary honesty and perception would make its way into the world.” — San Francisco Chronicle
Author: George Fischler, Barrett Gould
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Scandinavian design in in the mid-twentieth century combined the fundamentals of craftsmanship, quality, subtlety, and a relationship to the natural surroundings. Here is glass and ceramics from some of the leading designers of the era, Friberg, Lindberg, Nylund, K**ge, Hald, Palmquist, Wirkkala, Sarpaneva, and Lindstrand, and the manufacturers, Rrstrand, Gustavsberg, Arabia, Saxbo, Palshus, Orrefors, Kosta, and Iittala. Over 500 color photos illustrate this beautiful volume, and a price guide makes it a great tool for collectors.