American design, like much of American culture, perennially oscillates between populism and elitism, between the revolutionary beauty and availability of Tupperware and the elusive exclusivity of Tiffany's. This book traces the development of American design from the "armory practice" of early American machinists through mid-century "design for modern living" to the branded, consumer-oriented design of the present day, including work by Charles and Ray Eames, Raymond Loewy and Frank Gehry, among many others. Paola Antonelli's lively introduction provides an overview of United States design culture, while an essay by Russell Flinchum illuminates the masterpieces of Modern American design that are superbly reproduced in this volume's plate section.
Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Russell Flinchum teaches in the Design Criticism program at the School of Visual Arts and lectures for the Department of Education at The Museum of Modern Art. He has been the Archivist of the Century Association Archives Foundation since 1999.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
ABS polymer aesthetic American design American Modern architect Architecture and Design Armchair Bakelite Born Brown & Sharpe century Charles Eames Chicago Gift Chrome-plated steel Contemporary Corning Glass Corona Typewriter Corp Dates unknown decoration Department of Architecture diam Donald Egmont Arens Eileen Gray Ekco Ekco Products Eliot Noyes European Evans Flatware Frank Lloyd Wright furniture George Nelson Gingher Henry Dreyfuss Herman Miller industrial design John Knife Knoll Associates Lacquered lndustrial Design lnternational Exhibition lronrite lroner Machine Art Manufacturer mass-produced metal Michael Modern Art modern design modernist MoMA's collection Museum of Modem N.Y. Gift Nessen Noyes and Associates nylon objects opens at MoMA Paola Antonelli Peter Philip Johnson plastic president Ray Eames Raymond Loewy Richard Russel Wright Russell Flinchum scissors Side Chair Slicer Stainless steel Streamliner style stylists Table Lamp Teakettle Trimline Telephone USA Gift Walter Wear-Ever William wood WOR-FM World York Gift