Industrial Design: Reflection of a Century - 19th To 21st Century

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Published in conjunction with a major Parisian exhibition, explores the interaction between objects and culture in American and European industrial design from 1851 to the present

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Published in conjunction with a major Parisian exhibition, this sweeping and copiously illustrated survey of American and European industrial design from 1851 to the present explores the complex interaction between objects and culture. Essays by a host of specialists explore design innovations in terms of both aesthetics and the effects specific products have had on various aspects of our lives, from how we communicate and travel to the furnishings in our homes. As design "classics" such as Gillette razors, Singer sewing machines, Kodak cameras, and automobiles are highlighted, the authors reveal how such innovations shifted the very structure of society. Key design movements--Art Deco, the Bauhaus, and the Ulm school--are described, and issues such as the seemingly eternal conflict between aesthetics and profitability are insightfully discussed. As the text progresses from items such as light bulbs and radios to today's CD players and computers, it becomes clear that the pursuit of comfort and convenience has reached ever more sophisticated levels. Indeed, the design process itself has been altered and sped-up by the invention of CAD (computer-aided design) software, paving the way for yet more change and advancement. In all, an engrossing look at the art and business of product design, our time's most conspicuous accomplishment. Donna Seaman

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Published to coincide with the Paris exhibition "Industrial Design, Mirror of the Century," this compilation of essays are as diverse as the products industrial design has formed. Essay topics include the history of industrial design, its evolution as a profession, design education at the Bauhaus and the Ulm School, ecology and design, and computers as a tool for industrial design. Some of the more illuminating essays are Jacques Guillerme's "Design in the First Machine Age," Mike Jones's "Biodesign," Martyne Perrot's "The Domestication of Objects," and Raymond Guidot's "New Materials in the Industrial Age." These essays, lavishly illustrated and interspersed with vignettes focusing on "design classics," provide a kaleidoscopic vision rather than a clear picture. The resulting impression is of a profession in continuous flux, adapting to the complex demands of consumers, corporations, aesthetic theory, and fashion. Highly recommended for all libraries.
- Douglas G. Campbell, George Fox Coll., Newberg, Ore.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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