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Mid-century modern interiors : the ideas that shaped interior design in America / Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand.

By: Havenhand, Lucinda Kaukas.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019Description: xvi, 154 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781350045705; 1350045705; 9781350045712; 1350045713.Subject(s): Interior decoration -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Interior decorationDDC classification: 747.09730904 Summary: "Mid-Century Modern Interiors explores the history of interior design during its most iconic and influential period. The 1930s to the 1960s in the United States was a key moment for interior design. It not only saw the emergence of some of interior design's most globally-important designers, it also saw the discipline emerge at last as a profession in its own right. Through a series of detailed case studies this book introduces the key practicioners of the period - world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson - and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces. It takes us into the mind of the designer to show how they each used interior design to express their varied theoretical interests, and reveals how the principles they developed have become embodied in the way interior design is practiced today. With an introduction setting the broader context of twentieth-century design and architectural history, this book provides both an introduction and an in-depth analysis for students and scholars of interior design and architecture"-- Back cover.
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Mid-Century Modern Interiors explores the history of interior design during arguably its most iconic and influential period.

The 1930s to the 1960s in the United States was a key moment for interior design. It not only saw the emergence of some of interior design's most globally-important designers, it also saw the field of interior design emerge at last as a profession in its own right. Through a series of detailed case studies this book introduces the key practitioners of the period - world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson - and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces. It takes us into the mind of the designer to show how they each used interior design to express their varied theoretical interests, and reveals how the principles they developed have become embodied in the way interior design is practiced today. This focus on unearthing the underlying ideas and concepts behind their designs rather than on the finished results creates a richer, more conceptual understanding of this pivotal period in modernist design history.

With an extended introduction setting the case studies within the broader context of twentieth-century design and architectural history, this book provides both an introduction and an in-depth analysis for students and scholars of interior design, architecture and design history.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 138-145) and index.

"Mid-Century Modern Interiors explores the history of interior design during its most iconic and influential period. The 1930s to the 1960s in the United States was a key moment for interior design. It not only saw the emergence of some of interior design's most globally-important designers, it also saw the discipline emerge at last as a profession in its own right. Through a series of detailed case studies this book introduces the key practicioners of the period - world-renowned designers including Ray and Charles Eames, Richard Neutra, and George Nelson - and examines how they developed new approaches by applying systematic and rational principles to the creation of interior spaces. It takes us into the mind of the designer to show how they each used interior design to express their varied theoretical interests, and reveals how the principles they developed have become embodied in the way interior design is practiced today. With an introduction setting the broader context of twentieth-century design and architectural history, this book provides both an introduction and an in-depth analysis for students and scholars of interior design and architecture"-- Back cover.

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Havenhand (College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse Univ.) explores the history of interior design during what was probably its most influential period, the mid-20th century. During this time interior design became a profession in its own right. Focusing on the concept of "principles, not effects," the author looks at the emergence of some of the most globally important designers in the decades from the 1930s through the 1960s. Through a series of case studies, Havenhand introduces/highlights the work of prominent practitioners of that period--Russel and Mary Wright, George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Florence Knoll, and Ray Eames and Charles Eames--and their interactions with and influences on other designers. The book includes numerous black-and-white photographs depicting the efforts of the period. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Robert Paul Meden, Marymount University