Bringing Modernity Home: Writings on Popular Design and Material Culture

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Bringing Modernity Home offers a retrospective view of the development of popular taste and the beginnings of a new phase in the rise of the consumer society in the post Second World War period. It traces the change to consumer-led design after a time of grim austerity and recovery from the war while the state and production considerations held sway when consumers "couldn't afford taste". The case studies of so-called frivolous items like the cocktail cabinet, the coffee table and the rise of DIY in the ...

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Bringing Modernity Home offers a retrospective view of the development of popular taste and the beginnings of a new phase in the rise of the consumer society in the post Second World War period. It traces the change to consumer-led design after a time of grim austerity and recovery from the war while the state and production considerations held sway when consumers "couldn't afford taste". The case studies of so-called frivolous items like the cocktail cabinet, the coffee table and the rise of DIY in the working-class homes of the "new towns" gives a flavor of the excitement and thrill they afforded designers, makers and consumers after the harsh deprivations of the war.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780719063268
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Studies in Design Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Attfield is Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

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Table of Contents

Contents
• List of figures
• Acknowledgements
• Preface
• Introduction
• Part One Good Design
• Design for Learning and A Tale of Two Cultures
• Good Design by Law: Adapting Utility Furniture to Peacetime Production
• Fascinating Fitness: The Dangers of Good Design
• Part Two Design and Identity
• 'Then we were making furniture, not money': J.Clarke, Wycombe, Furniture Makers
• The Empty Cocktail Cabinet: Display in the Mid-century British Domestic Interior
• FORM/female FOLLOWS FUNCTION/male: Feminist Critiques of Design
• Part Three Design, Material Culture and Popular Taste
• 'Give 'em something dark and heavy': The Role of Design in the Material Culture of Popular British Furniture 1939 - 1965
• The Tufted Carpet in Britain: Its Rise from the Bottom of the Pile
• Strategies of Embodiment and Divestment: The Representation of Memory in Domestic Furnishings
• Part Four Bringing Modernity Home
• Inside Pram Town: Harlow House Interiors 1951-1961
• The Real Thing: A New Product's Entry into the Vernacular
• Design as a Practice of Modernity: A Case for the Study of the Coffee Table
• Bibliography

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