Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

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Kjetil Fallan, Grace Lees-Maffei
Berghahn Books, 2016 - Art - 296 pages
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From consumer products to architecture to advertising to digital technology, design is an undeniably global phenomenon. Yet despite their professed transnational perspective, historical studies of design have all too often succumbed to a bias toward Western, industrialized nations. This diverse but rigorously curated collection recalibrates our understanding of design history, reassessing regional and national cultures while situating them within an international context. Here, contributors from five continents offer nuanced studies that range from South Africa to the Czech Republic, all the while sensitive to the complexities of local variation and the role of nation-states in identity construction.

 

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Contents

Designs onin Africa
23
Does Southern African Design History Exist?
42
From Nature
60
Resisting Global Homogeneity but Craving Global
76
The Design of Gandhis
108
Imagining Lebanon in 1960s Tourist
125
Czech Glass or Bohemian Crystal? The Nationality
141
The Myth of Danish Design and the Implicit Claims
156
Articulating
172
The UKUS Transatlantic
188
Authenticity in Mexican
211
Individualism and Domestic
226
A GlobalNational Approach
241
Designing Brazilian
259
Index
275
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Kjetil Fallan is Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Design History: Understanding Theory and Method (Berg, 2010), editor of Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories (Berg, 2012), and co-editor, with Grace Lees-Maffei, of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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