Domestic aesthetic: household art 1920-1970

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5 Continents, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 360 pages
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Houseware design has succeeded in bringing together two worlds usually seen as contradictory: art and mass production. The mass-produced objects sleek and anonymously uniform have left their mark on their age through the technology applied, the materials used, the forms invented as well as their practicality, whether real or apparent. Household objects are true reflections of the period in which they were conceived, created, manufactured, promoted and sold to the masses, objective expressions of modernity, consumption, ways of life. Omnipresent, practical, often inexpensive, these objects have become commonplace, worthless to our jaded consumers' eyes; they have become 'invisible'. This book wishes to render justice to these everyday objects conceived by and for man but manufactured exclusively by machines. A true 'archaeologist of the Modern', Jean Bernard Hebey has uncovered and collected thousands of household objects in France, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, but, above all, in the United

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This sleek and elegant work epitomizes Hebey's collection extraordinaire of domestic appliances and gadgets that permeate popular culture and our daily lives. In an introduction that is both ... Read full review


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Jean Bernard Hebey is the author of A Bachelor's Guide and Rock Encyclopedia. He is also a radio and TV personality who has worked as a consultant in setting up MTV Europe and has interviewed such famous rock stars as Mick Jagger, Elton John, Pete Townsend, and John Lennon.

Christophe Fillioux is a photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue, Intramuro, and Wallpaper.

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