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Softcover, 224 pages, 25 bw , 6 x 9"
Publication Date: August 2010
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In the twenty-first century, what is the lasting legacy of the architectural and design modern movement of the middle years of the twentieth century? Did it deliver its promised vision of an egalitarian, democratic society supported by aesthetically simple, mass-produced goods whose forms fulfilled their utilitarian functions? In this provocative book design historian, Penny Sparke, argues that, through its emphasis on masculine rather than feminine culture—on, that is, production rather consumption, style rather than taste, and the public sphere rather than the private sphere—design modernism was a highly gendered project that was intrinsically flawed and destined to prove inadequate in the pluralistic, multicultural, post-modern world that we inhabit today. Ranging across histories of domesticity, feminine consumption and home-making, as well as modern design and cultural theories, Penny Sparke offers a new version of the history of modern material culture.