Traces the historical evolution of industrial design by examining the works of individual designers and the social, economic, cultural, and technological forces that influenced the design of items from glassware and furniture to automobiles and tanks
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Industrialization and the search
The American system and mass
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adapted aesthetic aircraft appearance appliances applied Art Nouveau artistic automobile basic Bauhaus beauty became Boulton Britain British Buckminster Fuller chair Chrysler Airflow colours commercial concept considerable consumer context craft created curved decoration developed domestic Dreyfuss early economic efficiency electric elements emphasis engine equipment established Ettore Sottsass example Exhibition factors firm function furniture geometric German Gerrit Rietveld glass Gropius ideas improved industrial design industrial production influence innovation integrated introduced kitchen later lines locomotive London machine manufacture mass-production materials mechanical methods models modern modular Motors moulded nineteenth century Norman Bel Geddes organization ornament passenger pattern Peter Behrens plastic problems programme railway range Raymond Loewy resulted Richard Riemerschmid role Schneider Trophy Second World simplicity skill social specific standards streamlining structure style stylistic taste technical techniques traditional United utilitarian utility values vehicles visual Walter Gropius ware Wedgwood Werkbund Wilhelm Messerschmitt