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Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression (Yale University Art Gallery S), Wilson, Kristina
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Author Name    Wilson, Kristina

Title   Livable Modernism: Interior Decorating and Design During the Great Depression (Yale University Art Gallery S)

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Good

Jacket Condition   Good

Type   Ex-Library

Size   4to - over 9" - 12" tall

Publisher   New Haven, CT Yale University Art Gallery 2004

ISBN Number    0300104758 / 9780300104752

Seller ID   048056

Usual library markings, mylar protector, interior text is clean. 154 pages. S-4.

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During the years of the Great Depression in America, modernist designers developed products and lifestyle concepts intended for middle-class--not elite--consumers. In this remarkable book, Kristina Wilson coins the term "livable modernism" to describe this school of design.

Livable modernism combined International Style functional efficiency and sophistication with a respect for consumers' desires for physical and psychological comfort. Wilson offers a new view of many popular designs for living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms of the 1930s and investigates the remarkable marketing savvy of the furniture and decorative arts companies of the day. As the first study of the advertising and retailing of modern design during the Depression years, "Livable Modernism "also" "features an extensive array of vintage advertisements from such popular magazines as "House Beautiful "and" Ladies' Home Journal."

Engagingly written and handsomely designed, "Livable Modernism is "an essential book for anyone interested in modern furniture and decorative arts. The author demonstrates that the work of these designers--including Russel Wright, Donald Deskey, and Gilbert Rohde--paved the way for Charles and Ray Eames and other post-World War II designers, and that the importance of their philosophies, innovations, and influence has until now been underappreciated.

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