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Biba (1964–75)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...A London-based retail store set up by Barbara Hulanicki and her husband Stephen Fitz-Simon. Initially, it was a small mail-order business, but a retail store was soon opened in 1964 in London’s Kensington area. Following further local...

Grapus 100

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...A French graphic artists’ collective that operated between 1970 and 1991 that tried to combine quality design works with an agenda of political and societal involvement. Instituted by Pierre Bernard, the collective’s members were all...

Osaka Expo (1970)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 3

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...The first world’s fair in Asia was held in Osaka, Japan, between March 15 and September 13, 1970, and reflected Japan’s resurgent culture and postwar economic growth after the Second World War. The Expo was an opportunity for the Japanese...

Hard Werken (1979–82)

Javier Gimeno-Martínez

Javier Gimeno-Martínez is an assistant professor at the VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. His work has been published in various journals including ‘Interiors’ and ‘Design and Culture’, and he has contributed chapters to several edited volumes. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 2

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...Hard Werken was an underground magazine first published in 1979 in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) of which ten issues were released, the last one in 1982. Its design clearly overshadowed its content. It dealt initially with Rotterdam cultural...

Sony Walkman, Japan

Iconic Designs : 50 Stories about 50 Things

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2014

Book Chapter

...Sony Audio sales brochure (Japan), November 1982, p 3. Courtesy of Dwayne Colon, stereo2go.com. Design historians often describe the Sony Walkman as the first private mobile consumer technology...

California Design Exhibitions at Pasadena Art Museum (1954–76)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...The “California Design” exhibitions (1954–76) were a critical incubator for designers working in Los Angeles County and, later, the entire state. The first five exhibitions, curated by Clifford Nelson and held annually...

Crafts (1973–)

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design Volume 1

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Encyclopedia Article

...The magazine of the Crafts Council in Great Britain (formerly the Crafts Advisory Committee) was first published in 1973. The magazine launch coincided with the exhibition The Craftman’s Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum; both...

Domes to Domus (Or How Roberto Mango Brought the Geodesic Dome to the Home of Italian Design)

Made in Italy : Rethinking a Century of Italian Design

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Book Chapter

...Design is a choral art. But histories of design are routinely staged as parades of soloists. Notions of individual creation, personality, originality and craft, once plausibly tethered to the reality of scattered small-scale studios, now...

Creature Comforts: Soft Sofas and the Demise of Modernist Morality in 1970s’ Finland

Scandinavian Design : Alternative Histories

Bloomsbury Academic, 2012

Book Chapter

...In 1972 the Finnish furniture manufacturer Sopenkorpi advertised its new Tower sofa group as follows:In recent years we have lived in a freely developing society with its hurried life and worries. These rapid developments have definitely...

Precariousness and Ambiguity: Industrial Design in Dependent Countries

Design: Critical and Primary Sources Volume 4 : Development, Globalization, Sustainability

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book Chapter

...Industrial design in dependent countries is a gloomy reality - a reality barely camouflaged by that well meaning optimism which, with an occasional condescending gesture, assigns to these peripheral economies the attribute ‘developing’....