Design in the USA

ISBN-10: 0192842196

ISBN-13: 9780192842190

Edition: 2005

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From the Cadillac to the Apple Mac, the skyscraper to the Tiffany lampshade, 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 that they don't need? Where does the designer stand in allthis? And how has the role of design in America changed over time, since the early days of the young Republic? Jeffrey Meikle explores the social and cultural history of American design spanning over two centuries, from the hand-crafted furniture and objects 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, MOMA to the Tupperware bowl.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Emergence of the American System, 1790-1860
Art and Industry in the Gilded Age, 1860-1918
Designing the Machine Age, 1918-1940
High Design versus Popular Styling, 1940-1965
Into the Millennium: Moving beyond Modernism
Notes
Further Reading
Timeline
Museums and Websites
List of Illustrations
Index
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