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The Meanings of Modern Design: Towards the Twenty-First Century

Dormer, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0500235708 / ISBN 13: 9780500235706
Published by Thames & Hudson, 1990
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Title: The Meanings of Modern Design: Towards the ...

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First Edition.

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Discusses the development of style in the twentieth century, including its relationship with engineering, new materials, changing views of home, luxury goods, contemporary crafts, and the future of conservatism in design.

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In designing cars or watches for the super-rich, the designer must create objects that look expensive, luxurious, even unique. In styling for the rest of us, the designer or engineer often uses "visual good manners," hiding from sight important design components that determine how well a product will function. British designer Dormer ( The New Jewelry ) deftly here unravels the symbolism of many designs, from hairdryers to furniture. He exposes gender-based esthetic assumptions that revolve not only around whoever tends to use a particular object or tool, but also who does the buying. The contemporary crafts movement has brought creative freedom to the middle-class artist-designer, yet in the process, observes Dormer, craftspeople have been marginalized. Enhanced with 50 photographs, this provocative, thoughtful study offers new ways of seeing and relating to our designed environment.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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