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: 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: Chami Jotisalikorn, Karina Zabihi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
With over 180 photos and extensive commentary, this Asian design book will add a stylish flair to all your bedroom design projects. Contemporary Asian Bedrooms opens the door to a new world of slumber retreats, showcasing some of the most eye-catching bedroom designs in luxury homes and hotels in Southeast Asia. Shown here are a range of new design trends that make contemporary bedrooms more than just a spot for shut-eye. Bedrooms now have an exiting variety of identities ranging from zen-inspired minimalist cocoons to high-tech entertainment arenas equipped with retractable movie screens built into the bed, to personal pampering retreats merging bath and bedroom into luxurious spa suites. This book gives homeowners and interior designers a look at new ideas, shapes, colors and textures that transform the places we sleep into high-style, must-have dream spaces.
Author: Gina Marie Raimond
"This paper aims to examine William C. Pahlmann's contributions to American home decoration, specifically by discussing his defining work (furniture, fabrics and residential interiors) at the one of the highest points of his career--the late 1940s and early 1950s--within the context of the cultural environment of postwar America ... [It further explores] how the postwar environment in America enabled Pahlmann's tremendous success, and show[s] how he utilized the climate to proliferate his designs, in keeping with the modern American design ideals."--Introduction.
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.
Author: Len Rothe
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
For the first time, stunning images of the women of the burlesque stage are gathered together in one great volume. In period photographs the timeless beauty of those exotic women who titillated, teased, and sometimes tortured their audiences is captured and celebrated. These memorable images make it clear that, when it comes to a beautiful body and a gorgeous face, tastes change very little. And just as in the past, the imagination is encouraged to run wild and ponder what might have been. This is a book to relax with and enjoy over and over again. Its rich, nostalgic view of a bygone era in American entertainment will please everyone, men and women alike. A "revealing" piece of Americana!
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: 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: Carole Coates, Annie Dietz, Stephen Francis
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Showcases a design trend that uses vintage furnishings, art pottery, tile, paintings, and decorative arts from California's golden era, the Spanish Revival period of the 1920s-1940s, in today's homes.
Author: Philip Roth
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. Not only had Lindbergh, in a nationwide radio address, publicly blamed the Jews for selfishly pushing America toward a pointless war with Nazi Germany, but upon taking office as the thirty-third president of the United States, he negotiated a cordial “understanding” with Adolf Hitler, whose conquest of Europe and virulent anti-Semitic policies he appeared to accept without difficulty. What then followed in America is the historical setting for this startling new book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Philip Roth, who recounts what it was like for his Newark family — and for a million such families all over the country — during the menacing years of the Lindbergh presidency, when American citizens who happened to be Jews had every reason to expect the worst.
Author: William Patrick Dean
In 1962, a unique transport aircraft was built from the parts of 27 Boeing B-377 airliners to provide NASA a means of transporting rocket boosters. With an interior the size of a gymnasium, "The Pregnant Guppy" was the first of six enormous cargo planes built by Aero Spacelines and two built by Union de Transport Aeriens. More than half a century later, the last Super Guppy is still in active service with NASA and the design concept has been applied to next-generation transports. This comprehensive history of expanded fuselage aircraft begins in the 1940s with the military's need for a long-range transport. The author examines the development of competing designs by Boeing, Convair and Douglas, and the many challenges and catastrophic failures. Behind-the-scenes maneuvers of financiers, corporate raiders, mobsters and other nefarious characters provide an inside look at aviation development from the drawing board to the scrap yard.