Author: Jeremy Aynsley
Publisher: Reaktion Books
German design and architecture reflects the country’s rich and fraught political history in its structure and aesthetic philosophy. Jeremy Aynsley now offers an in-depth study of this relationship between German history and design since 1870 and the complex principles underlying it. Designing Modern Germany reveals how German attitudes toward national identity, modernity and technology are crucial to understanding German design. Aynsley traces the historical development of German design, beginning in the 1870s with the first dedicated Arts and Crafts schools and stretching through to the famous institutions of the Bauhaus and the Ulm Hochschule für Gestaltung. He analyses the works of leading figures such as Peter Behrens and Hannes Meyer, through to Ingo Maurer and Jil Sander, and many others in design specialties including graphics, industrial and furniture design, fashion and architecture. He also offers the first consideration of the contrasting design traditions of East and West Germany between 1949 and 1989. Whether examining the pre-First World War department store, the National Socialist fashion system or East Germany’s official design culture, Designing Modern Germany reveals that German design significantly affected citizens’ daily lives. An essential read for designers and scholars of German design and history, Designing Modern Germany is a key text for understanding Germany’s major contribution to twentieth-century design.
Gestaltungsaufgaben zwischen Kreativität, Wirtschaft und Politik
Author: Yves Vincent Grossmann
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Die Gründung des ersten Berufsverbandes der Industriedesigner in Stuttgart 1959 markierte den Beginn einer Professionalisierung der bundesdeutschen Produktgestaltung. Yves Vincent Grossmann zeigt in seiner Sozialgeschichte der Industriedesigner, wie sich die Gestalter gegenüber Fragen im Zuge der Ölpreiskrisen, Postmoderne und Globalisierung neu positionierten: Sie übernahmen zunehmend die Rolle eines Krisenmanagers - denn trotz des »Eisernen Vorhangs« blieben die Beziehungen auf der industriellen Ebene zwischen Ost und West erhalten. Mit der BASF AG, Siemens AG, Rosenthal AG und MAN AG werden vier Firmen beispielhaft betrachtet.
Industrial Design Practice in the German Democratic Republic
Author: Katharina Pfützner
How does industrial design operate outside of capitalist consumer culture? Designing for Socialist Need assembles a detailed picture of industrial design practice in the socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR). Drawing on much previously unexplored material from a wide variety of sources, it not only maps out some of the ideological, institutional and economic contexts within which GDR design functioned, it also critically reconstructs the designers’ aims and perspectives in order to argue that they shared a profoundly socially responsible approach to design. By focusing on their ideas and approaches, this volume attends to the previously unacknowledged intellectual and practical richness of GDR design culture and demonstrates that it can provide pertinent insights not only for scholars of GDR history or German design, but also for contemporary design practitioners, theorists and educators with an interest in sustainability in design.
Gestalten für die Transformation der Gesellschaft
Author: Claudia Banz
Publisher: transcript Verlag
Kann man Gesellschaft durch Gestaltung transformieren? Welche Optionen besitzen die Designer und welche Verantwortung tragen sie? Welche Diskurse werden um die Erweiterung des Designbegriffs geführt und wie sieht die Zukunft des Designs aus? Designer, Design- und Kulturwissenschaftler, Kuratoren und Hochschullehrer fokussieren und hinterfragen das aktuelle Phänomen des Social Design. Die Beiträge untersuchen aus transdisziplinärer Perspektive die soziokulturelle Relevanz sowie das transformative Potenzial von Social Design und formulieren eine Agenda für die Designer von morgen.
Author: Itohan Osayimwese
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Over the course of the nineteenth century, drastic social and political changes, technological innovations, and exposure to non-Western cultures affected Germany’s built environment in profound ways. The economic challenges of Germany’s colonial project forced architects designing for the colonies to abandon a centuries-long, highly ornamental architectural style in favor of structural technologies and building materials that catered to the local contexts of its remote colonies, such as prefabricated systems. As German architects gathered information about the regions under their influence in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific—during expeditions, at international exhibitions, and from colonial entrepreneurs and officials—they published their findings in books and articles and organized lectures and exhibits that stimulated progressive architectural thinking and shaped the emerging modern language of architecture within Germany itself. Offering in-depth interpretations across the fields of architectural history and postcolonial studies, Itohan Osayimwese considers the effects of colonialism, travel, and globalization on the development of modern architecture in Germany from the 1850s until the 1930s. Since architectural developments in nineteenth-century Germany are typically understood as crucial to the evolution of architecture worldwide in the twentieth century, this book globalizes the history of modern architecture at its founding moment.
Author: Anton Kaes,Martin Jay,Edward Dimendberg
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A laboratory for competing visions of modernity, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) continues to haunt the imagination of the twentieth century. Its political and cultural lessons retain uncanny relevance for all who seek to understand the tensions and possibilities of our age. The Weimar Republic Sourcebook represents the most comprehensive documentation of Weimar culture, history, and politics assembled in any language. It invites a wide community of readers to discover the richness and complexity of the turbulent years in Germany before Hitler's rise to power. Drawing from such primary sources as magazines, newspapers, manifestoes, and official documents (many unknown even to specialists and most never before available in English), this book challenges the traditional boundaries between politics, culture, and social life. Its thirty chapters explore Germany's complex relationship to democracy, ideologies of "reactionary modernism," the rise of the "New Woman," Bauhaus architecture, the impact of mass media, the literary life, the tradition of cabaret and urban entertainment, and the situation of Jews, intellectuals, and workers before and during the emergence of fascism. While devoting much attention to the Republic's varied artistic and intellectual achievements (the Frankfurt School, political theater, twelve-tone music, cultural criticism, photomontage, and urban planning), the book is unique for its inclusion of many lesser-known materials on popular culture, consumerism, body culture, drugs, criminality, and sexuality; it also contains a timetable of major political events, an extensive bibliography, and capsule biographies. This will be a major resource and reference work for students and scholars in history; art; architecture; literature; social and political thought; and cultural, film, German, and women's studies.
Author: Cheryl Buckley
Publisher: Reaktion Books
British culture is marked by indelible icons—red double-decker buses, large oak wardrobes, and the compact sleekness of the Mini. But British industrial and product design have long lived in the shadows of architecture and fashion. Cheryl Buckley here delves into the history of British design culture, and in doing so uniquely tracks the evolution of the British national identity. Designing Modern Britain demonstrates how interior design, ceramics, textiles, and furniture craft of the twentieth century contain numerous hallmark examples of British design. The book explores topics connected to the British design aesthetic, including the spread of international modernism, the eco-conscious designs of the 1980s and 1990s, and the influence of celebrity product designers and their labels. Buckley also investigates popular nostalgia in recent times, considering how museum and gallery exhibitions have been instrumental in reimagining Britain’s past and how the heritage industry has fueled a growing trend among designers of employing images of British culture in their work. A thoughtful look at the aesthetic heritage of a nation that has left its footprint around the globe, Designing Modern Britain will be a valuable text for students and professionals in design.
from the Victorians to today
Author: Penny Sparke,Anne Massey,Trevor Keeble
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Designing the Modern Interior reveals how the design of the inside spaces of our homes and public buildings is shaped by and shapes our modern culture. The modern interior has often been narrowly defined by the minimalist work of elite, reforming architects. But a shared modernising impulse, expressed in interior design, extends at least as far back as the Victorians and reaches to our own time. And this spirit of modernisation manifested itself in interiors, designed both by professionals and by amateurs, which did not necessarily look modern and often even aimed to imitate the past. Designing the Modern Interior presents a new history of the interior from the late 19th to the 21st century. Particular characteristics are consistent across this period: a progressive attitude towards technology; a hyper-consciousness of what it is to live in the present and the future; an overt relationship with the mass media, mass consumption and the marketplace; an emphasis on individualism, interiority and the 'self'; the construction of identities determined by gender, class, race, sexuality and nationhood; and the experiences of urban and suburban life.
Aemilia Juliana of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Author: Dr Judith P Aikin
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Literary Criticism
In exploring the exceptionally well-documented activities of Aemilia Juliana of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (1637-1706), this study confirms and expands on recent attempts to characterize the roles played by the wives of rulers in the many small principalities of early modern Germany. Judith Aikin analyzes a wide range of texts and cultural artifacts in order to disclose the scope of the contributions of this ruler’s consort as full partner in the ruling couple.
Order and Creativity, 1500-1750
Author: Randolph Conrad Head,Daniel Eric Christensen
Interdisciplinary essays on early modern Germany that address orthodoxy and its challenges in religion, politics, and the arts. Confronting the transformation of normative canons after the Reformation, the essays investigate authority and knowledge in an era of shifting cultural foundations.
Author: Timur Vermes
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
Sommer 2011. Adolf Hitler erwacht auf einem leeren Grundstück in Berlin-Mitte. Ohne Krieg, ohne Partei, ohne Eva, dafür unter Tausenden von Ausländern und Angela Merkel. 66 Jahre nach seinem vermeintlichen Ende startet er gegen jegliche Wahrscheinlichkeit eine neue Karriere im Fernsehen. Dieser Hitler ist keine Witzfigur, sondern erschreckend real. Und das Land, auf das er trifft, ist es auch: zynisch, hemmungslos erfolgsgeil und vollkommen chancenlos gegenüber dem Demagogen und der Sucht nach Quoten, Klicks und "Gefällt mir!"-Buttons. Eine Persiflage? Eine Satire? Polit-Comedy? All das und mehr: Dieser Roman ist ein literarisches Kabinettstück erster Güte.
Author: James Hawes
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
Auf 250 Seiten einmal durch 2000 Jahre deutscher Geschichte: Überzeugend und souverän führt James Hawes von den alten Römern bis in die Gegenwart. Eine große Tour durch die Jahrhunderte, die in einer leidenschaftlichen Hommage an die Bundesrepublik endet. Der Sieg gegen die Römer im Teutoburger Wald, die barbarische Grausamkeit des Dreißigjährigen Kriegs, der Aufstieg des militaristischen Preußens im 18. Jahrhundert — wie Blitzlichter scheinen diese historischen Ereignisse in James Hawes’ fulminantem Parforceritt durch die deutsche Geschichte auf. Die alles beherrschende Frage, die sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Seiten zieht: Gehört das Herzstück Europas zum Westen oder zum Osten? Für Hawes ist klar, dass dieses Land zum Westen zählt. Die Bundesrepublik, so wie wir sie kennen, sieht er in der Tradition des wahren, historischen Deutschlands, dem Staatshörigkeit, puritanischer Eifer und narben gesichtiger Militarismus stets fremd waren. Hawes ist sich sicher: Deutschland ist heute »Europas größte Hoffnung«.
Essays on Designing the Future
Author: Jeremy Aynsley,Harriet Atkinson
Publisher: Berg Publishers
"Rayner Banham is one of the greatest influences on Design and Architecture today. His work anticipated many of our contemporary preoccupations, integrating the study of pop art, industrial design and material culture for the first time. His interests strayed across an extraordinary range of subjects - from automobile styling to mobile homes and from science fiction films to our passion for gadgets - and his brilliant analyses remain landmarks in cultural and design criticism." "The Banham Lectures brings together leading critics who continue to be inspired by Banham s revolutionary work. Each presents their own analysis of a key issue in design, architecture or art. These essays explore topics as diverse as clothes and carpets, photography, the history of bedrooms, 'Flash Gordon' and the car, postcards and popular art, how cities grow, the architecture of museums, Marcel Duchamp, dematerialisation, and the future of design. Just as Banham sought to overturn the views of previous generations, these critics aim to rethink the objects and buildings we use today." --Book Jacket.
Author: Bernd Polster,Claudia Newman,Markus Schuler
Publisher: Merrell Pub Limited
This encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide available to international product design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It includes 350 entries on influential designers and studios and the most important design-led manufacturers worldwide, both past and present, from Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond Loewy and Philippe Starck to Apple, Ikea and BMW. The products featured range from classic cars, furniture and ceramics to the latest MP3 players. Each entry includes an informative profile, a biography or company history, and a product chronology, and is accompanied by colour photographs.
A Practical Guide
Author: Ruth Whittle,John Klapper,Bill Dodd,Christine Eckhard-Black,William Dodd
Category: Foreign Language Study
Announcing an innovative, new, practical reference grammar, combining traditional and function-based grammar in a single volume. It is the ideal reference grammar at advanced secondary level and above.
Author: Jeremy Aynsley
Publisher: Univ of California Press
A sweeping and comprehensive catalogue of the graphic arts in Germany from 1890 through World War II, this handsome oversized volume also deals with the methodology of art as a medium of persuasion.