Bringing Modernity Home Writings on Popular Design and Material Culture

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-03-31
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Bringing Modernity Homeoffers a retrospective view of the development of popular taste and the beginnings of a new phase in the rise of the consumer society in the post Second World War period. It traces the change to consumer-led design after a time of grim austerity and recovery from the war while the state and production considerations held sway when consumers "couldn't afford taste". The case studies of so-called frivolous items like the cocktail cabinet, the coffee table and the rise of DIY in the working-class homes of the "new towns" gives a flavor of the excitement and thrill they afforded designers, makers and consumers after the harsh deprivations of the war.

Author Biography

Judith Attfield was Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at Winchester University of Southampton.

Table of Contents

Good Designp. 13
Design for learning and 'A tale of two cultures'p. 19
Good design by law: adapting Utility furniture to peacetime production - domestic furniture in the reconstruction periodp. 26
Fascinating fitness: the dangers of good designp. 37
Design and Identityp. 49
'Then we were making furniture, not money': a case study of J. Clarke, Wycombe furniture-makerp. 53
The empty cocktail cabinet: display in the mid-century British domestic interiorp. 62
FORM/female FOLLOWS FUNCTION/male: feminist critiques of designp. 71
Design, Material Culture and Popular Tastep. 95
'Give 'em something dark and heavy': the role of design in the material culture of popular British furniture, 1939-65p. 97
The tufted carpet in Britain: its rise from the bottom of the pile, 1952-70p. 120
Strategies of embodiment and divestment: the representation of memory in domestic furnishingsp. 133
Bringing Modernity Homep. 145
Inside Pram Town: a case study of Harlow house interiors, 1951-61p. 148
The real thing: the tufted carpet's entry into the vernacularp. 172
Design as a practice of Modernity: a case for the study of the coffee table in the mid-century domestic interiorp. 186
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