Sixties Design

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Taschen, 2003 - Art - 176 pages
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During the decade many associate with the Beatles, hippies, and flower power, designers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas were fundamentally rethinking modernist principles. Sixties Design is a documentation and analysis of that era during which belief in modernist design began to crumble. As modernism--the foremost design mode of the 20th century--reached its golden years, it came to be considered by many an autocratic, almost fascistically impersonal movement that strove to raise the standards of large groups by ignoring the peccadilloes of individuals. At the same time, the modern era and its designers are responsible for remarkable innovations that have forever changed the way we live, work, and play. The book captures an interesting moment during which modernism and its refutations began to coexist.

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Philippe Garner is a Director of Christie's and is their International Head of Photographs and of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. He is widely recognised as an authority within these fields and has written numerous essays and books on specific aspects of the history of photography and the applied arts. His books include studies of the life and work of Emile Galle and photographers Cecil Beaton and John Cowan, as well as thematic investigations such as his Sixties Design for TASCHEN. He has also curated museum exhibitions in London, Paris and Tokyo.

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