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Design Since 1945 (World of Art)

Peter Dormer

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'A welcome addition to the World of Art series … powerfully written' The Times Literary Supplement


The essential shape, form and structure of some objects in our daily lives may have been fixed one, ten, or even a hundred generations ago; but the role of designers has become increasingly prominent in a society that in less than half a century has gone from a restless search for the new to recycling of materials.

Manufacturers are using design more systematically than ever before to shape their marketing and make their products more attractive, while designers have sought to raise the status of their activity to that of an art form. Peter Dormer defines with great clarity the contexts within which designers work, and surveys the wide range of postwar activity, including industrial and product design, graphics, furniture, textiles, kitchen utensils and tableware.

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'One of the most perceptive critics, ranging across the vast body of work…with prodigious energy'

'Provides a global view of design in the post - World War II era'

'Puts design in context. There are wonderful examples of design within the realities of corporate teamwork'
Communication Arts

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 20.9 x 14.9 cm

Extent: 216 pp

Illustrations: 170

Publication date: 8 March 1993

ISBN: 9780500202616

About the Author

Peter Dormer is a writer and critic specializing in 20th-century design and applied art. His previous books include The New Ceramics, The New Furniture and The Meanings of Modern Design all published by Thames and Hudson.