Designing Modern Germany
By (author) Jeremy Aynsley
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Designing Modern Germany by Jeremy Aynsley
Book DescriptionGerman 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 fur 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 products and furniture, fashion and architecture. He also offers the first consideration of the contrasting traditions of East and West Germany between 1945 and 1989. Whether examining the pre-First World War department store, the National Socialist fashion system or East Germany's official design culture, German design significantly affected citizens' daily lives. An essential read for designers and scholars of German arts and history, "Designing Modern Germany" is a key text for understanding Germany's major contribution to twentieth-century design.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861894014
(220mm x 171mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jeremy Aynsley
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Design and the Modern Magazine, Hardback (February 2007)
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Graphic Design in Germany 1890-1945, Hardback (October 2000)
It was the spectactular commercial boom that followed the Franco-Prussian War that was responsible for breathing new life into the field of advertising and fostering the aggressive, aesthetically adventurous and distinctive German graphic design style outlined in this book.
Material Memories, Paperback (September 1999)» View all books by Jeremy Aynsley
In order to take the concept of material culture seriously, its capacity to carry the past - which defines its status as culture - must be examined. Focusing on the relationship of objects with memory, this text is an attempt to understand the intersection of memory and material culture.
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Author Biography - Jeremy Aynsley
Jeremy Aynsley is Professor of History of Design and the Head of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London. He is also the author of Nationalism and Internationalism in Design - Design in the Twentieth Century (1994), Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (2000), and A Century of Graphic Design (2001).
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