Design History Beyond the Canon (Paperback)

Design History Beyond the Canon By Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler (Editor), Victoria Rose Pass (Editor), Christopher Wilson (Editor) Cover Image

Design History Beyond the Canon (Paperback)


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Design History Beyond the Canon subverts hierarchies of taste which have dominated traditional narratives of design history. This book explores a diverse selection of objects, spaces and media, ranging from high design to mass-produced and mass-marketed objects, as well as counter-cultural and sub-cultural material.

The authors' research highlights the often marginalized role of gender and racial identity in the production and consumption of design, the politics which underpins design practice and the role of designed objects as pathways of nostalgia and cultural memory. While focused primarily on North American examples from the early 20th century onwards, this collection also features essays examining European and Soviet design history, as well as the influence of Asia and Africa on Western design practice.

This book is organised in three thematic sections: 'Consumers', 'Intermediaries' and 'Designers'. The first section analyses a range of designed objects and spaces through the experiences and perspectives of users. The second section considers intermediaries from both technology and cultural industries, as well as the hidden labour within the design process itself. The final section focuses on designers from multiple design disciplines including high fashion, industrial design, interior design, graphic design and design history pedagogy.

The essays utilize different research methods and a wide range of theoretical approaches, including feminist theory, critical race theory, spatial theory, material culture studies, science and technology studies and art history. This book brings together the most recent research which stretches beyond the traditional canon and looks to interdisciplinary methodologies to better understand the practice and consumption of design.
Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler is Associate Professor of Design History at Purdue University, USA. She is a design historian focusing on American interiors, technology, and furniture design of the 20th century. Her research includes an emphasis on studying mundane spaces and objects as a way of examining the role of design in everyday life, looking at the intersection of the social, technological, and political aspects of design. She has published articles in the Journal of Design History and Design and Culture, and is the author of Open Plan: A Design History of the American Office (Bloomsbury, 2021). Victoria Rose Pass is Assistant Professor of Design and Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art, USA. She is a specialist in Visual Culture, particularly in areas of design and fashion. Her research considers the history of fashion culture in the 20th century and focuses specifically on issues of gender and race. She co-edited Women's Magazines in Print and New Media (2016). Christopher Wilson is Lecturer of Architecture and Design Historian at Ringling College of Art and Design, USA. He earned a BA in architecture from Temple University USA, an MA from The Architectural Association, UK, and a Ph.D. from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He is the author of Beyond Anitkabir: The Construction and Maintenance of National Memory (2013) and currently serves as Board Chair for the Sarasota Architectural Foundation.
Product Details ISBN: 9781350353473
ISBN-10: 1350353477
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: January 12th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English