An Ethnography

Author: Keith M. Murphy

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801455790

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Swedish designers are noted for producing distinctive and elegant forms; their furniture and household goods have an especially loyal following around the world. Design in Sweden has more than just an aesthetic component, however. Since at least the late nineteenth century, Swedish politicians and social planners have viewed design as a means for advocating and enacting social change and pushing for a more egalitarian social organization. In this book, Keith M. Murphy examines the special relationship between politics and design in Sweden, revealing in particular the cultural meanings this relationship holds for Swedish society. Over the course of fourteen months of research in Stockholm and at other sites, Murphy conducted in-depth interviews with various players involved in the Swedish design industry—designers, design instructors, government officials, artists, and curators—and observed several different design collectives in action. He found that, for Swedes, design is never socially or politically neutral. Even for common objects like furniture and other household goods, design can be labeled “responsible,” “democratic,” or “ethical”— descriptors that all neatly resonate with the traditional moral tones of Swedish social democracy. Murphy also considers the example of Ikea and its power to politicize perceptions of the everyday world. More broadly, Swedish Design serves as a model for an anthropological approach to the study of design practice, one that accounts for the various ways in which order is purposefully and meaningfully imposed by designers on the domains of human life, and the consequences those impositions have on the social worlds in which they are embedded.
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The Best in Swedish Design Today

Author: Susanne Helgeson,Kent Nyberg

Publisher: First published in Great Britain by Mitchell Beazley

ISBN: 9781840006414

Category: Design

Page: 319

View: 1648

"For the first time since the 1950s, design in Sweden has come under an international spotlight. Almost everything aorund us has been designed and,a s such, design provokes a mirror of contemporary culture, and a vehicle of self expression. In this book the author presents a survey of over 30 contemporary Swedish designers, from glass and textile designers to ceramic artists and furniture makers, providing a fascinating insight into current Scandinavian design philosophies." - cover.
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Three Founding Texts

Author: Lucy Creagh,Helena Kåberg,Barbara Miller Lane,Kenneth Frampton

Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art

ISBN: 9780870707223

Category: Design

Page: 351

View: 6672

Although Swedish design has exercised an extraordinary influence on modern architecture and interior furnishings internationally since the early twentieth century, the intellectual background from which it emerged is far less wellknown, for some of the crucial, generative writings on the subject by Swedish thinkers of the time have never been widely translated. Modern Swedish Design Theory collects three of these seminal essays for the first time in English. Accompanying these texts in the book are introductory essays and a postscript by the renowned architectural historian Kenneth Frampton.
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A History

Author: Lasse Brunnström

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350000132

Category: Design

Page: 280

View: 5053

Swedish Design: A History provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to the development of design in Sweden from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twenty-first. Leading design historian Lasse Brunnström traces the move from artisanal crafts production to the mass production and consumption of designed objects, a process by which the role and profile of the designer became increasingly important. His survey, richly illustrated with images of the designed objects discussed, takes in forms of design traditionally associated with Sweden, such as household objects and textiles, while also considering some less-written about genres such as industrial and graphic design. Brunnström questions many established ideas about design in Sweden, notably its aesthetics and its relationship to Sweden's national and political culture. He argues that the history of design in Sweden has been far more complex and less straightforwardly 'blond' than hitherto understood.
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Swedish Design for the Purchasing Masses

Author: Pauline Garvey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317642961

Category: Social Science

Page: 162

View: 2238

This book represents the first anthropological ethnography of Ikea consumption and goes to the heart of understanding the unique and at times frantic popularity of this one iconic transnational store. Based on a year of participant observation in Stockholm’s Kungens Kurva store – the largest in the world - this book places the retailer squarely within the realm of the home-building efforts of individuals in Stockholm and to a lesser degree in Dublin. Ikea, the world’s largest retailer and one of its most interesting, is the focus of intense popular fascination internationally, yet is rarely subject to in-depth anthropological inquiry. In Unpacking Ikea, Garvey explores why Ikea is never ‘just a store’ for its customers, and questions why it is described in terms of a cultural package, as everyday and classless. Using in-depth interviews with householders over several years, this ethnographic study follows the furniture from the Ikea store outwards to probe what people actually take home with them.
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Swedish Design Annual

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Decorative arts

Page: N.A

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Author: Rhonda Eleish,Edie Van Breems

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423625285

Category: Architecture

Page: 255

View: 2919

A well-designed Swedish room, whether an antique-filled country home or a contemporary industrial loft space, has a calm and feel-good quality that literally permeates the atmosphere. See how some of the most authentic advocates of Swedish design are using these ideas in their own homes, places of pure beauty and simplicity. The fundamental concepts of Swedish design are in full play at each location featured and are important qualities to incorporate into a home-those of functionality, quality of materials, light, preservation, art, eclecticism, color, sense of place and a deep reverence for nature. Featured in the book are projects by designers Eleish van Breems, 2Michaels, Liza Laserow, and Jonas Wickman with a look into the private homes of Barbara Paca and Philip Logan of Preservation Green, Mick Aarestrup and Paula Batali of Lief, Tara Shaw of Tara Shaw Inc., Jill Dienst of Dienst and Dotter, Ann Ljungberg and Rajesh Kumar of Just Scandinavian, international stylist Ingrid Leess, and designers Patricia Fischer of Patricia Fisher Interiors and Linda Kennedy of Meredith Baxter Home. The elements of Swedish style are broken down for the reader with inspiring photos and directives and a Resource Guide is provided for further exploration. Forewords by Brad Ford and Keith Granet. Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems are the founders of Eleish van Breems Ltd., a company whose approach to design stems from a modern application and interpretation of historic Scandinavian interiors and form. Their design work has been featured in House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda, Glamour, Country Living, Gods & Goddar, and the New York Times, among others. Both live with their families in southwest Connecticut and travel extensively in Scandinavia, calling Stockholm their home away from home.
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An Exhibition about Design in Sweden in the Eighties from Industrial Design to Applied Arts

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Design

Page: 33

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Author: Marge Thorell

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 147667406X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 125

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Karin Bergöö Larsson (1859-1928) was a mother of eight and wife to Sweden's beloved painter, Carl Larsson. She was herself a well-regarded artist but gave it up when she married, at the request of her husband. Replacing paintbrushes and canvas with needles and cloth, she turned a somewhat ugly cottage--Lilla Hyttnäs in the tiny village of Sundborn, Sweden--into a designer showcase. Inspired by the Swedish countryside, she filled the home with handcrafted wall hangings, bed coverings, tablecloths and pillow covers, while greatly influencing her husband's work by encouraging him to move away from dark oils to more illuminating and light-filled watercolors. The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., considers Karin "the first designer of what would become known as Swedish Modern." Her influence continues to inform the concepts of retail giant IKEA.
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Author: Denise Hagströmer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Design

Page: 135

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Author: Rhonda Eleish,Edie van Breems

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423613953

Category: House & Home

Page: 192

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Swedish Interiors is the first book to share the history, progression, and key elements of Swedish style and how to use it in many different styles of homes. From the white and blue-hued images of the familiar Gustavian style to the gold accents and luxurious patterns found in the Swedish Baroque, Rococo, and Biedermeier periods, the secret to Swedish design is in having the confidence to mix old and new while maintaining a clean and simple aesthetic. Swedish Interiors emphasizes light, comfort and elegance. The authors operate Eleish Van Breems Antiques, a renowned Swedish antiques and decorating resource. Featured on Martha Stewart Living, and in Country Living, House Beautiful, Travel & Leisure, the New York Times, Traditional Home, Better Homes and Gardens, Victoria, and Yankee.
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A Cultural History

Author: Sara Kristoffersson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472587375

Category: Design

Page: 160

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Sara Kristoffersson's compelling study provides the first sustained critical history of IKEA. Kristoffersson argues that the company's commercial success has been founded on a neat alignment of the brand with a particular image of Swedish national identity ? one that is bound up with ideas of social democracy and egalitarianism - and its material expression in a pared-down, functional design aesthetic. Employing slogans such as "Design for everyone?? and "Democratic design??, IKEA signals a rejection of the stuffy, the 'chintzy', and the traditional in both design practices and social structures. Drawing on original research in the IKEA company archive and interviews with IKEA personnel, Design by IKEA traces IKEA's symbolic connection to Sweden, through its design output and its promotional materials, to examine how the company both promoted and profited from the concept of Scandinavian Design.
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Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition

Author: Paula Hammerskog,Eva Wincent

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602397244

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 192

View: 4491

Learn to knit luxurious sweaters, coats, dresses, and more with these Swedish-inspired patterns and instructions.
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Author: Rhonda Eleish,Edie van Breems

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

ISBN: 1423612426

Category: Design

Page: 192

View: 5747

Swedish Country Interiors showcases homes that have a wide spectrum of interpretations of Swedish country style—rustic, rural, urban, comfortable, family friendly, elegant, simple, complex, grand, humble, and eclectic. Also found are numerous examples of Swedish country living that the homeowners have embraced and derived inspiration from, including wall decorations, functional furnishings, natural upholstery materials, light, and indoor-outdoor living. Rhonda Eleish and Edie van Breems opened the doors to Eleish van Breems Antiques in 1998, specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Swedish antiques. Their company, Eleish van Breems Ltd. has expanded to become a full service Nordic design showroom and they are sought out for their interiors featuring the best hallmarks of Scandinavian design. The authors, who first published Swedish Interiors, and their antiques and interiors have been featured in many national publications, including Country Living, Victoria, and House Beautiful, and they have made appearances on Martha Stewart and HGTV Canada. Rhonda resides in Bridgewater, Connecticut with her daughter Kari and husband Buffer. Edie lives with her family in a 1760 colonial home in Fairfield, Connecticut. As featured in Country Living! Showcases fifteen beautiful homes that highlight the stylish interpretations of Swedish country.
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A Collection of Heirloom Designs

Author: Sue Flanders,Janine Kosel

Publisher: Voyageur Press

ISBN: 1610585720

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 144

View: 7761

Swedish Handknits is a collection of patterns for sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, headbands, and bags, all inspired by the historic textiles housed at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Institute was the first to host the successful Bohus knitting exhibit in America, so it's fitting that their world-class textile collection provides the inspiration for these designs. As in the authors' Norwegian Handknits, vintage photographs of Swedish immigrants, recipes, and photos of the artifacts that inspired the designs will be included, along with a short history of knitting in Sweden. Bohus, twined knitting, and Swedish mittens are some of the many techniques featured in the book.
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