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Design in the USA
     

Design in the USA

by Jeffrey L. Meikle
 

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ISBN-10: 0192842196

ISBN-13: 9780192842190

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From the Cadillac to the Apple Mac, the skyscraper to the Tiffany lamp, the world in which we live has been profoundly influenced for over a century by the work of American designers. But the product is only the end of a story that is full of fascinating questions. What has been the social and cultural role of design in American society? To produce useful things

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From the Cadillac to the Apple Mac, the skyscraper to the Tiffany lamp, the world in which we live has been profoundly influenced for over a century by the work of American designers. But the product is only the end of a story that is full of fascinating questions. What has been the social and cultural role of design in American society? To produce useful things that consumers need? Or to persuade them to buy things they don't need? Where does the designer stand in all of this? And how has the role of design in America changed over time, since the early days of the young Republic?
Jeffrey Meikle explores the history of American design, from the hand-crafted furniture and artifacts of the early nineteenth century, through the era of industrialization and the mass production of the machine age, to the information-based society of the present, covering everything from the Arts and Crafts movement to Art Deco, modernism to post-modernism, the MOMA to the Tupperware bowl. Beautifully illustrated, Design in the USA also includes suggestions for further reading, a timeline, and a list of relevant museums and web sites. It is an excellent source of information for anyone seeking to uncover the imagination and industry behind American design.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192842190
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Oxford History of Art Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
594,543
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1. The Emergence of the American System, 1790-1860

Chapter 2. Art and Industry in the Gilded Age, 1860-1918

Chapter 3. Designing the Machine Age, 1918-1940

Chapter 4. High Design versus Popular Styling, 1940-1965

Chapter 5. Into the Millennium: Moving beyond Modernism

Notes

Further Reading

Timeline

Museums and Websites

List of Illustrations

Index

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