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Making Sense of History
National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization
Edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei
296 pages, 72 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-155-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (June 2016)
ISBN 978-1-78533-832-8 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Not Yet Published (June 2018)
“This is a lively, spirited, and imaginative volume whose editors have assembled an impressive range of contributions. It is likely to be embraced not just within design history but also by scholars working in comparative history, art history, spatial theory, and material culture.” · Peter McNeil, University of Technology, Sydney
From consumer products to architecture to advertising to digital technology, design is an undeniably global phenomenon. Yet despite their professed transnational perspective, historical studies of design have all too often succumbed to a bias toward Western, industrialized nations. This diverse but rigorously curated collection recalibrates our understanding of design history, reassessing regional and national cultures while situating them within an international context. Here, contributors from five continents offer nuanced studies that range from South Africa to the Czech Republic, all the while sensitive to the complexities of local variation and the role of nation-states in identity construction.
Kjetil Fallan is Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse and Design History: Understanding Theory and Method, editor of Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories, and co-editor, with Grace Lees-Maffei, of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design.
Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire and Programme Director for DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. She is author of Design at Home: Domestic Advice Literature in the UK and the US since 1945, editor of Writing Design: Words and Objects and Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things, co-editor with Kjetil Fallan of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design, and co-editor with Rebecca Houze, of The Design History Reader.
Subject: General Cultural Studies General History
Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
This edition is supported by the University of Oslo and the University of Hertfordshire. Full text.
OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-446-7
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Introduction: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization
Grace-Lees-Maffei and Kjetil Fallan
Chapter 1. Designs on/in Africa
Chapter 2. Does Southern African Design History Exist?
Chapter 3. Designing The South African Nation: From Nature To Culture
Jacques Lange and Jeanne van Eeden
Chapter 4. Resisting Global Homogeneity but Craving Global Markets: Kiwiana and Contemporary Design Practice in New Zealand
Chapter 5. Creativity within a Geographical-National Framework: From Modern Japanese Design to Pevsner’s Art Geography
Chapter 6. Imagining the Indian Nation: The Design of Gandhi’s Dandi March and Nehru’s Republic Day Parade
Chapter 7. Troubled Geography: Imagining Lebanon in 1960s Tourist Promotion
Chapter 8. Czech Glass or Bohemian Crystal? The Nationality of Design in the Czech Context
Chapter 9. The Myth of Danish Design and the Implicit Claims of Labels
Chapter 10. Altering a Homogenized Heritage: Articulating Heterogeneous Material Cultures in Norway and Sweden
Kjetil Fallan and Christina Zetterlund
Chapter 11. A Special Relationship: The UK-US Transatlantic Domestic Dialogue
Chapter 12. Surveying the Borders: Authenticity in Mexican-American Food Packaging, Imagery and Architecture
Nicolas P. Maffei
Chapter 13. An Empire of One’s Own: Individualism and Domestic Built Form in 21st Century Jamaica
Chapter 14. The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America
Chapter 15. Of Coffee, Nature and Exclusion: Designing Brazilian National Identity at International Exhibitions 1867 & 1904
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