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Emigre Cultures in Design and Architecture (Hardback)
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Emigre Cultures in Design and Architecture (Hardback)

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Hardback 264 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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This new volume addresses the lasting contribution made by Central European emigre designers to twentieth-century American design and architecture. The contributors examine how oppositional stances in debates concerning consumption and modernism's social agendas taken by designers such as Felix Augenfeld, Joseph Binder, Josef Frank, Paul T. Frankl, Frederick Kiesler, Richard Neutra, and R. M. Schindler in Europe prefigured their later adoption or rejection by American culture. They argue that emigres and refugees from fascist Europe such as Gyoergy Kepes, Paul Laszlo, Victor Papanek, Bernard Rudofsky, Xanti Schawinsky, and Eva Zeisel drew on the particular experiences of their home countries, and networks of emigre and exiled designers in the United States, to develop a humanist, progressive, and socially inclusive design culture which continues to influence design practice today.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781474275606
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 577 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


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This innovative anthology on the emigre and exile experience of designers and architects in the United States invigorates the long-overlooked theories of Vilem Flusser, who argued that transnational cultural production in exile was essentially dialogic. Rather than dwelling on exile as an experience of loss and isolation, the authors in this book consider concepts such as otherness and creativity, European modernism and American commodity culture, local assimilation and global imaginations, and the hybrid tensions between past and present to consider various exilic design languages. * Sabine Eckmann, director and chief curator at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, USA *
By taking emigre cultures in the plural this set of essays reaches a nuanced understanding of the experience many designers of Central European origin entailed when negotiating their new identities in 20th-century America. The book addresses contributions both to new design thinking as well as anti-design languages, and in this, it is an original and important contribution. * Jeremy Aynsley, Professor of History of Design at the University of Brighton, UK *
Emigre Cultures in Design and Architecture provides much-needed analysis about how European emigre designers and architects engaged with America during the twentieth-century, an episode previously alluded to mostly in passing. These new essays advance our understanding of the complexity of these encounters, explaining what was gained, what was lost, and what is still be learned from them. * Timothy M. Rohan, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA *

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