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Swedish design : a history

Author: Lasse Brunnström
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Swedish Design: A History provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the development of design in Sweden, from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Leading design historian Lasse Brunnström traces the move from artisanal craft production to the mass production and consumption of designed objects, a process by which the role and profile of the designer became increasingly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lasse Brunnström
ISBN: 1350000116 9781350000117
OCLC Number: 1007310158
Notes: Translated from the Swedish.
Description: xxiii, 250 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Art to Industry, 1840s to 1910s. The Nations Struggle for Product Dominance ; Education for Increased Industrial Competitiveness ; On a Mission to Improve Taste and Morality ; The Promised Land of Windsor Chairs and Iron Stoves ; The Product Range Grows and Is Differentiated ; Inventions Pave the Way for the Manufacturing Industry ; The New Industrial Products Are Aestheticized but Criticized ; Attempts at Artistic Renewal --
2 On the Industry's Terms, 1910s to 1940s. Serial Production Enables the Breakthrough of Consumer GoodsSwedish Luxury Production Excels ; The Stockholm Exhibition Paves the Way for the Factory Product ; Functionalist Ideas Pervade Society ; Furniture Design Is Renewed and Professionalized ; Prominent Defenders of 'Good Taste' ; The Folkhem Vision Materializes --
3 Soft Values Get Upgraded, 1940s to 1950s. Women's Understanding of Home Economics Is Utilized ; The Industrial Designer Demonstrates His Talents ; Integrated Design Thinking Replaces Additive Engineering ; Colourful Plastic Replaces the Black Era. Mobility Increases and the Leisure Sector ExpandsThe Foundation Is Laid for the Swedish Safety Philosophy ; The Human Dimensions and Requirements Govern the Design ; The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design Attains Their Goal of More Beautiful Everyday Goods ; Everyday Items with Classic Status --
4 Broadened Design Commissions, 1950s to 1980s. The Industrial Design Profession Finds its Form ; Advertising Becomes Ever More Important within Design ; Breakthrough for Female Designers ; Factory Packaging Drives out Bulk ; Rationality Shapes Everyday Life ; Design Protests against a Grey and Unjust World. Design with a User Focus Becomes a Speciality --
5 The Limitless Design, 1980s to 2000s. The Visual Values Are Upgraded ; Design Is Recognized as an Economic Success Factor ; The Personal Signature Becomes Increasingly Important ; The Budget Giants Step into the Salon of Design ; The Need for Strategic Brand Design Increases ; Standards of Taste and the Gender Power Order Are Challenged ; Sustainability Permeates the Design ; The Collections, Meeting Places, Archives, Awards
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Swedish Design: A History provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the development of design in Sweden, from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Leading design historian Lasse Brunnström traces the move from artisanal craft production to the mass production and consumption of designed objects, a process by which the role and profile of the designer became increasingly important. His survey, richly illustrated with images of the design objects discussed, takes in forms of design traditionally associated with Sweden, such as household objects and textiles, while also considering some less-written about genres such as industrial and graphic design, as well as more recent areas such as web design and service design. Brunnström also questions many established ideas about design in Sweden; its aesthetics and relationship to Sweden's national and political culture, arguing that the history of design in Sweden has been far more complex and less straightforwardly 'blond' than hitherto understood.

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