Domus, Volume 4, 1955-1959

Overview

1955-1959: International Affairs. The focus of this volume is the second half of the 1950s, an era of grand visions and increasing internationalization in architecture and design. The often playful and experimental ideas and designs of the first half of the decade became more and more set in a common style, in which the International style forms an alliance with the new organic forms of the postwar period - whereby the only common feature is the high quality of each particular design. The works documented here by...

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Overview

1955-1959: International Affairs. The focus of this volume is the second half of the 1950s, an era of grand visions and increasing internationalization in architecture and design. The often playful and experimental ideas and designs of the first half of the decade became more and more set in a common style, in which the International style forms an alliance with the new organic forms of the postwar period - whereby the only common feature is the high quality of each particular design. The works documented here by architects and designers such as Oscar Niemeyer, Carlos Raul, Villanueva, Vittoriano ViganĂ², and Angelo Mangiarotti are representative of this development. Also featured are modern office machines by Olivetti, furniture design by Ray and Charles Eames, ceramic and lamp designs by Ettore Sottsass, the Herman Miller Showroom of Alexander Girard in San Francisco, and famous buildings like Le Corbusier's pilgrimage church in Ronchamp or Gio Ponti's Villa Arreaza in Caracas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783836509541
  • Publisher: Taschen America, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition description: Multilingu
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 12.58 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

"Ettore Sottsass was born in Austria in 1917 and completed his architectural studies in Turin, Italy in 1939. In 1981 he set up the famed Memphis design group with colleagues, friends, and renowned architects. Sottsass was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at the Royal College of Art in London, and a design prize by the Brooklyn Museum in New York (1996)."

Charlotte and Peter Fiell run a design consultancy in London specializing in the sale, acquisition, study and promotion of design artifacts. They have lectured widely, curated a number of exhibitions, and written numerous articles and books on design and designers, including Taschen's 1000 Lights, 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A-Z, Designing the 21st Century, and Scandinavian Design.

Fiell trained with Sotheby's Educational Studies in London.

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