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Designing modern Britain /
Cheryl Buckley.
imprint
London : Reaktion, 2007.
description
256 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1861893221 (pbk.), 9781861893222 (pbk.)
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imprint
London : Reaktion, 2007.
isbn
1861893221 (pbk.)
9781861893222 (pbk.)
catalogue key
6380054
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-248) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Cheryl Buckley is Professor in Design History at the University of Northumbria and currently Chair of the Design History Society of Britain.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Reflecting the book's eclectic sources and methodologies, Designing Modern Britain should be adopted as a key text for a variety of courses across disciplines such as architecture, museum studies, cultural studies, twentieth-century British history, and all the more specialized fields of the history of fasion, art, design, and graphics."
"Reflecting the book''s eclectic sources and methodologies, Designing Modern Britain should be adopted as a key text for a variety of courses across disciplines such as architecture, museum studies, cultural studies, twentieth-century British history, and all the more specialized fields of the history of fasion, art, design, and graphics."-- Journal of Modern History
"Reflecting the book''s eclectic sources and methodologies, Designing Modern Britain should be adopted as a key text for a variety of courses across disciplines such as architecture, museum studies, cultural studies, twentieth-century British history, and all the more specialized fields of the history of fasion, art, design, and graphics."--Journal of Modern History
Thankfully not just another book about design, but a book about design and society and how they interact. Cheryl Buckley's book is all the more interesting and relevant to designers, students and anyone interested in the structure of Britishness.
"Thankfully not just another book about design, but a book about design and society and how they interact. Cheryl Buckley''s book is all the more interesting and relevant to designers, students and anyone interested in the structure of Britishness."Jasper Morrison
"Thankfully not just another book about design, but a book about design and society and how they interact. Cheryl Buckley''s book is all the more interesting and relevant to designers, students and anyone interested in the structure of Britishness."-Jasper Morrison
The scope . . . is almost encyclopaedic, the pace is brisk and the writing style is captivating. Buckley's book covers a tremendous amount of examples of design from various areas of modern life in Britain. Domestic architecture, interior design, shopping and the emerging (urban) consumer culture, fashion and pottery provide recurring – and also very much needed – points of orientation with the flood of ideas, products, companies, designers and contemporary discussions that engulf the reader.
"This book looks at the relationship between iconic British design and national identity, taking in the furniture, ceramics and textiles that defined twentieth-century Britain."
"This book looks at the relationship between iconic British design and national identity, taking in the furniture, ceramics and textiles that defined twentieth-century Britain." Grand Designs
"This book looks at the relationship between iconic British design and national identity, taking in the furniture, ceramics and textiles that defined twentieth-century Britain."--Grand Designs
This is a lot more than just another limp-wristed paean to the Routemaster bus. It's a cogently argued design history of the 20th century where society is as important as the objects it generates.
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Summaries
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Cheryl Buckley examines the culture as well as the products of design in Britain. She explores questions of national identity, regional variations, and the notions of 'Britishness' in a Britain that has been transformed from leading an empire to a modern multicultural society.
Long Description
British culture is marked by indelible icons--red double-decker buses, large oak wardrobes, and the compact sleekness of the Mini. But British industrial and product design have long lived in the shadows of architecture and fashion. Cheryl Buckley here delves into the history of British design culture, and in doing so uniquely tracks the evolution of the British national identity. "Designing Modern Britain "demonstrates how interior design, ceramics, textiles, and furniture craft of the twentieth century contain numerous hallmark examples of British design. The book explores topics connected to the British design aesthetic, including the spread of international modernism, the eco-conscious designs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the influence of celebrity product designers and their labels. Buckley also investigates popular nostalgia in recent times, considering how museum and gallery exhibitions have been instrumental in reimagining Britain's past and how the heritage industry has fueled a growing trend among designers of employing images of British culture in their work. A thoughtful look at the aesthetic heritage of a nation that has left its footprint around the globe, "Designing Modern Britain" will be a valuable text for students and professionals in design.
Main Description
British culture is marked by indelible iconsred double-decker buses, large oak wardrobes, and the compact sleekness of the Mini. But British industrial and product design have long lived in the shadows of architecture and fashion. Cheryl Buckley here delves into the history of British design culture, and in doing so uniquely tracks the evolution of the British national identity. Designing Modern Britaindemonstrates how interior design, ceramics, textiles, and furniture craft of the twentieth century contain numerous hallmark examples of British design. The book explores topics connected to the British design aesthetic, including the spread of international modernism, the eco-conscious designs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the influence of celebrity product designers and their labels. Buckley also investigates popular nostalgia in recent times, considering how museum and gallery exhibitions have been instrumental in reimagining Britain's past and how the heritage industry has fueled a growing trend among designers of employing images of British culture in their work. A thoughtful look at the aesthetic heritage of a nation that has left its footprint around the globe,Designing Modern Britainwill be a valuable text for students and professionals in design.
Main Description
British culture is marked by indelible iconsred double-decker buses, large oak wardrobes, and the compact sleekness of the Mini. But British industrial and product design have long lived in the shadows of architecture and fashion. Cheryl Buckley here delves into the history of British design culture, and in doing so uniquely tracks the evolution of the British national identity. Designing Modern Britain demonstrates how interior design, ceramics, textiles, and furniture craft of the twentieth century contain numerous hallmark examples of British design. The book explores topics connected to the British design aesthetic, including the spread of international modernism, the eco-conscious designs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the influence of celebrity product designers and their labels. Buckley also investigates popular nostalgia in recent times, considering how museum and gallery exhibitions have been instrumental in reimagining Britain's past and how the heritage industry has fueled a growing trend among designers of employing images of British culture in their work. A thoughtful look at the aesthetic heritage of a nation that has left its footprint around the globe, Designing Modern Britain will be a valuable text for students and professionals in design.
Main Description
From the iconic Routemaster bus to the Dyson vacuum cleaner, the graphics of Penguin bookcovers or Vivienne Westwood garments, Britain has been at the forefront of design practice. In this informative and broad-ranging book Cheryl Buckley examines the culture as well as the products of design in Britain. In doing so, she explores questions of national identity, regional variations and notions of ‘Britishness’ in a Britain that has been transformed from leading an empire into a modern multicultural society. Beginning in the early twentieth century, Buckley demonstrates how notions of stability, longevity and tradition prevailed, evident in furniture, ceramics and textiles. She traces the introduction and acceptance of International Modernism in Britain; focuses on activities such as the organization of the Utility schemes, and assesses how shopping became a crucial element of ‘lifestyle’. She examines how a more fragmented, eclectic but potentially questioning design emerged in the 1980s and 1990s, with recycling and green attitudes, and discusses the confrontational approach of young fashion and graphic designers, as well as the ‘star’ culture of product designers and designer labels. Further, she considers how the heritage industry and popular nostalgia about the past has provided powerful images taken up by all types of designers, and how exhibitions in museums and galleries have played a part in reinventing Britain’s past. A cogent and timely look at Britain and its design culture, Designing Modern Britain is a multilayered examination of the creation, practice and meaning of design and Britain’s place in the global design world. Essential reading for designers, design historians and all those interested in Britain’s visual culture.
Title Summary
"In Designing Modern Britain Cheryl Buckley gives us a long-needed history of British design culture. By tracking the relationships between design and identities - international, national and regional; gender, class and race; modernism, modernity and tradition - Designing Modern Britain demonstrates how ceramics and furniture, fashion and textiles, architecture and interior design represent the continuous interplay between these identities."--BOOK JACKET.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 7
Modernity and Tradition: Late Victorian and Edwardian Designp. 15
'Englishness' and Identity: Design in Early Twentieth-century Britainp. 47
'Going Modern, but Staying British': Design and Modernisms, 1930 to 1950p. 83
Designing the 'Detergent Age': Design in the 1950s and '60sp. 125
The Ambiguities of Progress: Design from the Late 1960s to 1980p. 161
'I Shop Therefore I Am': Design since the '80sp. 197
Referencesp. 232
Select Bibliographyp. 245
Acknowledgementsp. 249
Photo Acknowledgementsp. 250
Indexp. 251
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