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Becoming a Practical Visionary: Bel Geddes’s Youth and Early Career

Nicolas P. Maffei

Nicolas P. Maffei is Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies in the School of Design, Norwich University of the Arts, UK. He has published widely on American design, streamlining, art deco and modernism. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Norman Bel Geddes : American Design Visionary

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book Chapter

...During the period of Bel Geddes’s youth and young adulthood, America developed from a producer to a consumer culture, according to historian T. J. Jackson Lears, “from a Protestant ethos of salvation through self-denial to a therapeutic...

Household Engineering: Scientific Management in the Home

Design: Critical and Primary Sources Volume 1 : Design Reform, Modernism, and Modernization

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

...A personal introduction Several years ago I faced the problem which confronts many young mothers—how to do my housework and care for two small children, and yet have any time for myself or outside interests. I had managed my...

Necchi

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Necchi is an Italian manufacturer of sewing machines, founded in Pavia by Vittorio Necchi, in 1919. After the Second World War, the company reached a prominent position in both domestic and international design markets. In 1948, Gino...

L’Art Décoratif (1898–1914)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...L’Art Décoratif: Revue Mensuelle d’Art Contemporain (and other subtitles) was published from 1898 in Paris. It was a sister publication to the Munich journal Dekorative Kunst (from 1897) because the principal editor for both of them,...

Cracow Workshops (Warsztaty Krakowskie) (1913–26)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Cracow Workshops was a Polish association of artists, architects, and craftsmen, active in Cracow 1913–26 with the aim of improving the quality of craft production. It was inspired by nationalist sentiments and sought to forge a Polish...

Dada

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Dada refers to a loosely affiliated and brief-lived artistic movement (c.1916–23) whose foundational ideas would, nevertheless, resonate with radical artists throughout the twentieth century. Dada was one of several avant-garde movements...

White City Exhibitions, London (1908–1911)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Six major international exhibitions took place on the 140 acre White City site in Shepherds Bush, London, between 1908 and 1914: the Franco–British Exhibition 1908, the Imperial International Exhibition 1909, the Japan–British Exhibition...

Torino Esposizione internazionale dell’industria e del lavoro (International Exposition of Work and Industry) (1911)

Clive Edwards

Clive Edwards is Professor in Design History at Loughborough University, UK. His authored works include: Interior Design: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2010), Encyclopedia of Furnishing Textiles, Floorcoverings and Home Furnishing Practices 1200-1950 (2007); Turning Houses into Homes (2005), Encyclopaedia of Furniture Materials Trades and Techniques (2000), Twentieth Century Furniture, its materials, manufacture and markets (1994), and Victorian Furniture, Technology and Design (1993). He has also contributed a number of articles to the Encyclopedia of Interior Design (1997), and has published a number of scholarly articles and essays in edited works. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...The International Exposition of Work and Industry held in 1911 celebrated Turin as Italy’s capital of industry when Milan was challenging its position. Part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Italian state, the Exposition...

De Morgan, William Frend (1839–1917)

Fiona Fisher

Fiona Fisher is a researcher in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University, UK, where she is a member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...British ceramic artist, born in London, De Morgan was educated at University College and the Royal Academy Schools. He became interested in the decorative arts in the early 1860s, working for William Morris producing stained glass before...

Grasset, Eugene (1841–1917)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Grasset was a Swiss-born decorative artist and designer of the Art Nouveau who practiced in Paris from 1871. The son of a sculptor and furniture designer, he specialized in the applied arts producing designs for furniture, bookbindings...