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: Catriona Gray, House & Garden
Publisher: Hachette UK
From Pop art to Op art, plastic furniture to bubble-gum paint colours, the Sixties saw a new wave of interior design that was closely linked to popular culture and fashion, becoming increasingly youth-oriented and playful to appeal to the new generation of baby-boomers. In Sixties House, mid-century modern enthusiast Catriona Gray has drawn on the magazine's peerless archive, curating the best illustrations and photographs to show how the use of colour, pattern, homewares and furniture evolved through the decade. The homes of key tastemakers are featured including Bridget Riley, Mary Quant, David Mlinaric, Barbara Hulanicki of Biba and David Bailey. The second title in the new Decades of Design series, House & Garden Sixties House is required reading for mid-century modern enthusiasts, collectors and decorators in search of inspiration from the most influential homes of the past.
Author: Manli Zarandian
Feminism and Interior Design in the 1960s is a research endeavor that attempts to contribute to the professionalization and better recognition of the interior design discipline through addressing gender issues, and specifically analyzes the relationship between interior design and feminism in the 1960s as represented through contemporary advertising imagery. Here, professionalization refers to the process in which decoration as a domestic activity transforms to interior decoration, and later design, as a properly recognized profession. Despite the attempts of many historians of interior design, as well as there being a great deal of existing literature on the issue of professionalization, it continues to be a matter of concern. Moreover, there is a misunderstanding of the concept of the discipline within both the academic community and the general public. Despite decades of progress, femininity, decoration, and domesticity have been deeply ingrained as the pillars of interior design throughout its history. One perspective can give the view that interior design offered women many career opportunities, and allowed them to be seen as experts and professionals. Some examples of successful female decorators of the past are Elise de Wolfe, Dorothy Draper, and Sister Parish. Yet, women’s accomplishments and contributions to the field have been counted as unequal compared to the achievements of men in the discipline. In other words, despite the high level of professionalism among the women of the field, in the end they were associated with the domestic sphere while the public sphere was, and continues to be, associated with men. A good example of this gender bias is mentioned in an article titled “Is the design’s world still a boy’s club?” that states Le Corbusier’s response to Charlotte Perriand when she requested to join his studio and work in his architecture firm: “We don’t embroider cushions here.”1 This clearly presents the undermining of women designers at the beginning of the modern movement, and the article continues to argue that in many respects. That perspective is still prevalent. This thesis focuses on two issues in parallel: the relationship women have developed with interior design as well as the role and influence of the feminist movement on this relationship between women and interior design in the 1960s. This study is developed in two parts. In part one, a brief history of both the feminist movement and interior design is presented. In part two, images and articles from three American Journals, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful and Ladies Home- Journal are analyzed in terms of the indicated main concept and are categorized in different sections which will be presented later. These analyses examine how the three journals responded to the feminist movement.
Publisher: Nai Uitgevers Pub
Comparing a number of radical movements in architecture in the 1960's, this book traces a moment in the history of architecture when revolutionary ideals were paramount and dreams became drawings. The ensuing disillusionment as well as a contemporary revival of this period are enclosed within their very premises. This book explores three radical critiques of modernist architecture throughout the work of the Situationist International, Venturi and Scott Brown and Archigram. Situated on the cusp of a new time, of postmodernity and global capitalism, these critical reactions to their forebears demonstrate a perceptively critical understanding of modernism and a prescience towards contemporary conditions. At the same time, however, their dreams were so entwined with the modern project that they have created an untenable position for the contemporary architecture debate.
Author: Hunter Drohojowska-Philp
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
The extraordinary story of the artists who propelled themselves to international fame in 1960s Los Angeles Los Angeles, 1960: There was no modern art museum and there were few galleries, which is exactly what a number of daring young artists liked about it, among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Freedom from an established way of seeing, making, and marketing art fueled their creativity, which in turn inspired the city. Today Los Angeles has four museums dedicated to contemporary art, around one hundred galleries, and thousands of artists. Here, at last, is the book that tells the saga of how the scene came into being, why a prevailing Los Angeles permissiveness, 1960s-style, spawned countless innovations, including Andy Warhol's first exhibition, Marcel Duchamp's first retrospective, Frank Gehry's mind-bending architecture, Rudi Gernreich's topless bathing suit, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider, even the Beach Boys, the Byrds, the Doors, and other purveyors of a California style. In the 1960s, Los Angeles was the epicenter of cool.
Author: Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand, Catharine Rossi, Katarina Serulus
A history of the nightclub from Studio 54 to the Double Club Nightclubs and discothèques are hotbeds of contemporary culture. Throughout the 20th century, they have been centres of the avant-garde that question the established codes of social life and experiment with different realities, merging interior and furniture design, graphics and art with sound, light, fashion and special effects to create a modern Gesamtkunstwerk. Night Fever: A Design History of Club Culture examines the history of the nightclub, with examples ranging from Italian nightclubs of the 1960s that were created by members of the Radical Design group to the legendary Studio 54 in New York, Philippe Starck's Les Bains Douches in Paris and the more recent Double Club in London, conceived by German artist Carsten Höller for the Prada Foundation. Featuring films and vintage photographs, posters and fashion, Night Fever takes the reader on a fascinating journey through a world of glamour, subculture and the search for the night that never ends.
Author: Ron Adams
Publisher: Enthusiast Books
This book follows on the heels of Semi-Trucks of the 1950s. As the '50s saw new and improved models after the starved war years, the Sixties was the decade for expansion, not only for truck manufacturers with a huge selection of models, but also for the trucking companies themselves with more places to haul. Construction of the Interstate highway system helped pave the way for faster and smoother service, helping reshape the American landscape faster than ever seen before. Gear up for this outstanding selection of 1960s semi-truck photos by Ron Adams. Captions include detailed information about the trucks, trailers, and hauling configurations of a wide range of makers including Mack, Brockway, Autocar, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Ford, White-Freightliner, GMC, International, Kenworth, and Peterbilt.
Author: David Heathcote, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture
The colourful and unique MoDA Style Guides offer a fascinating insight into 20the-Century home decoration and furnishings, and are an excellent resource for the enthusiast. Beautifully illustrated and expertly researched, the guides draw from the extensive MoDA collections and other original sources including retail and trade catalogues, domestic magazines and household manuals.
Author: Alistair Black
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
For the first hundred years or so of their history, public libraries in Britain were built in an array of revivalist architectural styles. This backward-looking tradition was decisively broken in the 1960s as many new libraries were erected up and down the country. In this new Routledge book, Alistair Black argues that the architectural modernism of the post-war years was symptomatic of the age’s spirit of renewal. In the 1960s, public libraries truly became ‘libraries of light’, and Black further explains how this phrase not only describes the shining new library designs – with their open-plan, decluttered, Scandinavian-inspired designs – but also serves as a metaphor for the public library’s role as a beacon of social egalitarianism and cultural universalism. A sequel to Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009), Black's new book takes his fascinating story of the design of British public libraries into the era of architectural modernism.
Author: Basil Hyman
The extraordinary marketing story which launched the great furniture brands of Britain: G-Plan, Ercol, Stag and Limelight, to name but a few. With reproductions of the original advertising and two facsimile G-Plan brochures, this book is an artwork in itself and will appeal to anyone interested in contemporary culture.
Author: Tina Skinner
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
Take a tour of the top couture fabric design houses of Paris during the early 1960s. This visual feast explores more than 250 exemplary designs in full-color photographs of fabric swatches. Explore a multitude of styles, ranging from playful geometrics to novelty prints and from abstract experimentation to the increasingly far-out florals that would mark the decade. Beautifully detailed shots present a close look at the cream of the early 1960s crop from Paris's best couture houses. Each fabric sample illustrated lists the date of publication, as well as the fabric content when known. A special section explores upholstery and household fabrics of the era. In all, this is a comprehensive guide and an indispensable aid for both designers and students.
Author: Alex Wagner
Publisher: One World
An acclaimed journalist travels the globe to solve the mystery of her ancestry, confronting the question at the heart of the American experience of immigration, race, and identity: Who are my people? “A thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are . . . and the values and ideals that bind us together as Americans.”—Barack Obama “A rich and revealing memoir . . . Futureface raises urgent questions having to do with history and complicity.”—The New York Times Alex Wagner has always been fascinated by stories of exile and migration. Her father’s ancestors immigrated to the United States from Ireland and Luxembourg. Her mother fled Rangoon in the 1960s, escaping Burma’s military dictatorship. In her professional life, Wagner reported from the Arizona-Mexico border, where agents, drones, cameras, and military hardware guarded the line between two nations. She listened to debates about whether the United States should be a melting pot or a salad bowl. She knew that moving from one land to another—and the accompanying recombination of individual and tribal identities—was the story of America. And she was happy that her own mixed-race ancestry and late twentieth-century education had taught her that identity is mutable and meaningless, a thing we make rather than a thing we are. When a cousin’s offhand comment threw a mystery into her personal story–introducing the possibility of an exciting new twist in her already complex family history—Wagner was suddenly awakened to her own deep hunger to be something, to belong, to have an identity that mattered, a tribe of her own. Intoxicated by the possibility, she became determined to investigate her genealogy. So she set off on a quest to find the truth about her family history. The journey takes Wagner from Burma to Luxembourg, from ruined colonial capitals with records written on banana leaves to Mormon databases and high-tech genetic labs. As she gets closer to solving the mystery of her own ancestry, she begins to grapple with a deeper question: Does it matter? Is our enduring obsession with blood and land, race and identity, worth all the trouble it’s caused us? The answers can be found in this deeply personal account of her search for belonging, a meditation on the things that define us as insiders and outsiders and make us think in terms of “us” and “them.” In this time of conflict over who we are as a country, when so much emphasis is placed on ethnic, religious, and national divisions, Futureface constructs a narrative where we all belong.
Author: Roberta Lietti
Publisher: Silvana Editoriale
This enormous volume provides the first exhaustive catalog of the furniture and interior accessories of Domenico Ico Parisi (1916-86). A key protagonist of postwar Italian design alongside his friend Gio Ponti, Parisi defined himself as a renaissance artist interested in all forms of expression, and traversed the realms of architecture, industrial design, painting and photography. Parisi's furniture (realized primarily in wood and metal) and his interior designs are surveyed in their entirety, from his early collaborations with Cant� artisans in the 1940s through to his industrial production in the 1960s. Images of each item--often both archival and contemporary photographs--are accompanied by a short text explicating its history and production run. Also included is an extensive illustrated chronology of Parisi's career.
Author: John Marshall
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
From G.I. Joe to Star Wars John Marshall has provided a thorough, informative, and entertaining look at the action figures produced during the 1980s. In over 430 superb colour photographs, fans of the pocket-sized G.I. Joes, of movie and TV characters, of fantasy figures, He-Man, the Thunder Cats, super heroes, of those ever-popular quick change artists of the robot world -- the Transformers, and even pro-wrestling fanatics will find figures here to warm their souls! Price listings are provided for every figure shown and for every known figure produced within a particular product line. Price ranges are provided both for figures that are mint-in-the-box and for those which, while running loose, have retained all of their accessories and lost none of their finish.