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The authority of everyday objects : a cultural history of West German industrial design

Author: Paul Betts
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2004.
Series: Weimar and now, 34.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Authority of Everyday Objects details how the postwar period gave rise to a new design culture comprising a sprawling network of diverse interest groups - including the state and industry, architects and designers, consumer groups and museums, as well as publicists and women's organizations - who all identified industrial design as a vital means of economic recovery, social reform, and even moral regeneration.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Betts
ISBN: 0520240049 9780520240049
OCLC Number: 60715068
Description: xiii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : design, the Cold War, and West German culture --
1. Re-enchanting the commodity : Nazi modernism reconsidered --
2. The conscience of the nation : the new German Werkbund --
3. The Nierentisch nemesis : the promise and peril of organic design --
4. Design and its discontents : the Ulm Institute of Design --
5. Design, liberalism, and the state : the German design council --
6. Coming in from the cold : design and domesticity --
Conclusion : memory and materialism : the return of history as design.
Series Title: Weimar and now, 34.
Responsibility: Paul Betts.
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From the Werkbund to the Bauhaus to Braun, from furniture to automobiles to consumer appliances, twentieth-century industrial design is closely associated with Germany. This study brings to light the  Read more...

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