Eliot Noyes

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This is the first scholarly monograph on the life and career of Eliot Noyes (1910-77), one of the mid-20th-century's top architects and industrial designers who is credited with such classic designs as the IBM Selectric typewriter and the Mobil Oil Company logo. It reads like a Who's Who of American design, as Noyes moved seamlessly from Harvard's Graduate School of Design in the 1930s to worldwide leadership in the field of industrial design starting in the 1960s. Industrial design consultant Bruce, a retired associate of Noyes, had full access to his subject's personal and company records. This allowed him to include archival and new photographs, rare drawings, plans, and other documentary materials, many of them previously unpublished. His dutiful but uninvolving narrative exhibits little awareness of critical perspectives that have grown up around modern architecture since Noyes's death. It is more hagiographic than biographic, i.e., totally enthralled with and indebted to its subject. Recommended where there is interest.-Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714843506
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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