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Design in the USA

Design in the USA
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From the Cadillac to the Apple Mac, the skyscraper to the Tiffany lampshade, the world in which we live has been profoundly influenced for over a century by the work of American designers. Meikle explores the fascinating history of American design, from the industrialization of the nineteenth century and the mass production of the machine age to the information-based society of the present, examining how design, consumerism, and culture connect. - ;From the Cadillac to the Apple Mac, the skyscraper to the Tiffany lampshade, the world in which we live has been profoundly influenced for over a century by the work of American designers. But the product is only the end of a story that is full of fascinating questions. What has been the social and cultural role of design in American society? To produce useful things that consumers need? Or to persuade them to buy things that they don't need? Where does the designer stand in all

this? And how has the role of design in America changed over time, since the early days of the young Republic?

Jeffrey Meikle explores the social and cultural history of American design spanning over two centuries, from the hand-crafted furniture and objects of the early nineteenth century, through the era of industrialization and the mass production of the machine age, to the information-based society of the present, covering everything from the Arts and Crafts movement to Art Deco, modernism to post-modernism, MOMA to the Tupperware bowl. -

Oxford University Press, UK; May 2005
257 pages; ISBN 9780191518027
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0191518026
9780191518027
9780192842190