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Harley Earl

Designer Biography

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...American transport designer and business executive born in Los Angeles, California, Earl was a key figure in developing the role of the designer within the automotive industry, introducing the idea of prototyping using clay models...
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...Charles and Ray Eames were an American husband and wife design team who did much to define the aesthetic of postwar modernity, particularly in the United States through the success of their plywood molding system and design projects...

Alexander Girard

Designer Biography

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...Girard was an American textile designer, interior designer, and architect, strongly influenced by folk art. Having trained as an architect in London and Rome in the 1920s, he returned to practice in the United States in 1932. His friendship...

Transport Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Transport design refers to passenger land transport, that is, it excludes freight, air, and water transport.The role of the designer here is to approach design for transport from the point of view of the user. People have a collection...

Distributing stresses

Encountering Things : Design and Theories of Things

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book Chapter

...IntroductionPrograms of action. Patterns of transmission. Survivals. Distributing stresses. A consideration of thing effects—in media res—as media in action. In this chapter, I outline an alliance between plywood sculpture, plywood splints,...

Contemporary Style

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...The 1951 Festival of Britain, which was held halfway between the two New York World’s Fairs of 1939 and 1964, constituted a cultural barometer of modern design at mid-century that came to be known as Contemporary Style (also Mid-Century...

Organic Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Organic Design refers to both an aesthetic style and a design movement, which draw on nature for their process and contextualization within a natural setting. Rounded and expressive forms, asymmetrical lines, free-flowing curves, linear...

Herman Miller

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...Herman Miller, Inc. revolutionized design in the mid-twentieth century through the production of modern furnishings for the home and office. The company was established as the Star Furniture Co. in 1905 in Zeeland, Michigan, and originally...

Earl, Harley (1893–1969)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Chapter

...American transport designer and business executive born in Los Angeles, California, Earl was a key figure in developing the role of the designer within the automotive industry, introducing the idea of prototyping using clay models...

Enclosed by Images

The Banham Lectures : Essays on Designing the Future

Berg, 2009

Book Chapter

...I I am very honoured by your invitation to give the Reyner Banham memorial lecture. Honoured and moved, since Banham occupies a very important place in my formation as an architectural...