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Sixties Design (Midsize) [Paperback]

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During the decade many associate with the Beatles, hippies, and flower power, designers in Europe, Asia, and the Americas were fundamentally rethinking modernist principles. Sixties Design is a documentation and analysis of that era during which belief in modernist design began to crumble. As modernism--the foremost design mode of the 20th century--reached its golden years, it came to be considered by many an autocratic, almost fascistically impersonal movement that strove to raise the standards of large groups by ignoring the peccadilloes of individuals. At the same time, the modern era and its designers are responsible for remarkable innovations that have forever changed the way we live, work, and play. The book captures an interesting moment during which modernism and its refutations began to coexist.

Author Philippe Garner breaks the book up into five sections. In each he addresses a different aspect of the designed '60s, and his insights add dimension to the hundreds of illustrations. He makes connections between the cold war and Jane Fonda's erotic antics in a fur-lined spaceship from the movie Barbarella--with photo-documentation to boot--and he provides a startlingly lucid and economical analysis of Swedish modern furniture design in the context of minimalist principles and the craft revival. From Florence Knoll's office designs to Oscar Niemeyer's unparalleled "master plan" city, Brasilia; from Richard Avedon's fashion photography to Neal Armstrong's space walk, Sixties Design offers countless vistas from which to rethink a decade too long associated with paisleys and free love. --Loren E. Baldwin

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Item Specifications...

Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.8" Width: 7.4" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2003
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822829374  
ISBN13  9783822829370  

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More About Philippe Garner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Philippe Garner's publications include "Cecil Beaton" (1994 with David Alan Mellor), "Sixties Design" (1996), and" John Cowan Through the Light Barrier" (1999). He has acted as curator for exhibitions of photographs in museums in London, Paris and Tokyo.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > General
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Pretty book  Aug 27, 2007
Sixties is my favorite design style. For other lovers of this design, this book is very good!
A fun, if ultimately pointless, production  Sep 23, 2006
What this book does is present a reasonable overview of sixties design in its entirety, from logos and products to posters and chairs. The text is fairly perfunctory but then again, I don't think people buy books of this kind for the words.

After the novelty of drooling over groovy icons wears off though, you find yourself wondering what exactly was the point of this book. Many pretty pictures that tittilate you for a short period of time but nothing more. My disappointment may be partly due to the expectations that I had when bought it. I was looking for ideas for sixties interior design for my home and although there are some classic chairs in here and even the odd inspirational interior, ultimately there's nothing here that could be practically used.

So basically what you have is just fluff. Enjoyable fluff though.
Completely Excellent!  Mar 1, 2000
I love this book. If you like all things mod, space age and groovy, this book is for you. The author takes an all encompassing look at interior design, textiles, art, furniture, advertising and architecture. Crammed with cool pictures, the majority I had never seen. I also bought Op to Pop, which is also a fantastic book, but I think I like this one better because of its greater scope. I highly recommend this book for any retro-moderne afficiando. A great coffee table book.
The Best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Feb 13, 1999
Anyone who likes 60's stuff will like this book. From TV's to Sphere chairs, its got it all!
Great Pictures!  Sep 26, 1998
Stxties Design is an overview of the major trends that were focused upon in that decade. What it lacks in text is more than made up for by the wonderful photographs. Architecture, fashion, furniture and pop art examples are all vividly displayed. These pictures speak a thousand words.

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