Bloomsbury Design Library - Featured this Month

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Megaplanet, Josh Simpson

Megaplanet, Josh Simpson

Solid spherical glass Planet made from molten, liquid glass using ancient tools and techniques.
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Featured this month: a world of updates

Travel around the globe with us this month and discover fascinating encyclopedia articles on Asian design, pause to take in key exhibitions from Designmuseum Danmark, and delve into an array of new object images from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Asian design

We are delighted to publish the first collection of articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, edited by Haruhiko Fujita and Christine Guth, available exclusively in the Bloomsbury Design Library.  Articles from Volume IV, published here, explore global and transnational issues in Asian design.  Leading scholars address issues such as geopolitics, aesthetics, trade and sustainability which have impacted and which continue to impact craft and design in Asia.

The Bloomsbury Design Library features a range of other resources on design in Asia.  See for instance Wendy Wong's article on Chinese design in the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design and the chapters on the design history of China and Japan in Victor Margolin's World History of Design.

The Danish Chair

New Museum Partner: Designmuseum Danmark

We are pleased to announce our new exhibitions archive, showcasing major design exhibitions from museums around the world. The archive launches with two exhibitions from the Designmuseum Danmark: The Danish Chair and Learning from Japan.

Valet chair by Hans J. Wegner

The Danish Chair

The Danish Chair tells the story of how Danish design turned into an international mega-brand, and draws a picture of the 20th-century Danish success story and export adventure known as Danish Modern. The chair is the closest item of furniture to a human being. It affects and reflects the body it has to carry with arms, legs, a seat and a back. It is the acid test of designers and a favourite object of design historians. The chair is also one of the most culture-bearing design objects. It reveals everything about the age and the society in which it was created. It invests the person sitting in it with status and identity.  Discover a myriad of chairs in this unique exhibition.

Also included in this content update are:
  • 500 new images from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York
  • 5 new eBooks: Critical Design in Context; Designing for Service; Modernism in Scandinavia; Practice-based Design Research; and Design and the Creation of Value

  • Designer Focus: Antoni Gaudí

    Gaudí is now probably best known for Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Park Güell, though the Sagrada Família is widely considered to be his greatest masterpiece. You can read about Gaudí's unique take on Art Nouveau in Clive Edwards' entry on Modernismo in the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, and to appreciate his work in context, see Victor Margolin's writing on Spain in the World History of Design.