Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-97

Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-97

by Marianne Aav, Nina Stritzler-Levine
     
 

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This book examines the outstanding design achievements of Finland over the last seven decades, focusing on the central and decisive role played by Modernism. It is the first volume in English to provide a thorough account of the artistic and cultural qualities of Finnish design as distinguished from the design of its Nordic and other European neighbors. Also…  See more details below

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This book examines the outstanding design achievements of Finland over the last seven decades, focusing on the central and decisive role played by Modernism. It is the first volume in English to provide a thorough account of the artistic and cultural qualities of Finnish design as distinguished from the design of its Nordic and other European neighbors. Also considered are the principal ideas, individuals, and influences that combined to produce Finnish modernism, as well as its international reception. The book discusses the renowned work of such Finnish architects and designers as Alvar Aalto, Tapio Wirkkala, Kaj Franck, and Timo Sarpaneva, and of manufacturers including Artek, Arabia, and Marimekko. It features separate discussions of architecture, ceramics, glass, furniture, metalwork, jewelry, product design, textiles, and woodworking and concludes with a consideration of the position of design in contemporary Finnish culture. This book is the catalogue for an exhibition at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts held from February 26, 1998, to June 1998.

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Editorial Reviews

Martin Filler
Finnish Modern Design: Utopian Ideals and Everyday Realities, 1930-1997...places Aalto's pivotal contributions within the much less familiar setting of his country's lively and varied modern design movement.
New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082807
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.01(d)

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Jennifer Hawkins Opie
A readable introduction to a wide design landscape which touches us all and a handsome book for the enthusiant.

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