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Retro Style and the Cultural Politics of Everyday Life

Sarah Elsie Baker

Sarah Baker is Lecturer in Culture and Context at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has researched and published numerous articles focussed on consumption and domestic space. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Retro Style : Class, Gender and Design in the Home

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...Two of the central questions asked in this book are whether domestic retro style represents an uncoupling of the relationship between class and taste, and whether the production and consumption of the style allow individuals to challenge...

Introduction

Sarah Elsie Baker

Sarah Baker is Lecturer in Culture and Context at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has researched and published numerous articles focussed on consumption and domestic space. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Retro Style : Class, Gender and Design in the Home

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...On Saturday, May 26, 2007, the Guardian Weekend magazine published a special retro issue consisting of articles about retro food, cars, fashion, gardens and homes. The style section of the magazine featured enthusiasts in their living rooms...

Russel and Mary Wright: Nostalgic Modern and the “American Way of Life”

Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand

Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand teaches design history, theory and studio at Syracuse University where she is a Professor in the School of Design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mid-Century Modern Interiors : The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...There are many Americans who still enjoy or remember eating off a plate from Russel Russell Lynes, “Forward,” in William Hennessey, Russel Wright: American Designer (New York: Gallery Association of New York, 1983). Numerous authors...

Retailing Retro

Sarah Elsie Baker

Sarah Baker is Lecturer in Culture and Context at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has researched and published numerous articles focussed on consumption and domestic space. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Retro Style : Class, Gender and Design in the Home

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...The importance of retail spaces and those involved in the service industries in creating, establishing and communicating the value of goods has long been recognized by businesses and academic studies. As suggested in the previous chapter...

Banking with Family in Postwar California: Howard Ahmanson, the Millard Sheets Studio, and the Home Savings and Loan Commissions, 1953–91

Corporate Patronage of Art & Architecture in the United States, Late 19th Century to the Present

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

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...In 1953, Millard Sheets received a letter from Howard Ahmanson, president of the Los Angeles-based Home Savings and Loan: “Have traveled Wilshire Boulevard for twenty-five years. Know name of architect and year every building was built...

Introduction

Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand

Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand teaches design history, theory and studio at Syracuse University where she is a Professor in the School of Design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mid-Century Modern Interiors : The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...Mid-century modern is a term that has come to be applied to the significant flourishing of modern design A note on the word “ modern.” As Lawrence E. Cahoone points out in his introduction to the edited volume From Modernism...

Rotwang and Sons

The Banham Lectures : Essays on Designing the Future

Berg, 2009

Book chapter

...The evil design genius behind the modernist Metropolis was called Rotwang. This essay began life as the Reyner Banham Memorial Lecture given at the V&A Museum, London, on 17 October 2003. Reyner Banham was one of the first...

Conclusion

Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand

Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand teaches design history, theory and studio at Syracuse University where she is a Professor in the School of Design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mid-Century Modern Interiors : The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...During the mid-century modern period, interior design emerged as a professional and academic discipline that as Edgar Kaufmann jr. succinctly noted was based in “principles not effects.” Unlike today when preconceived ideas frame both its...

The Eames House and a New Language of Vision

Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand

Dr. Lucinda Kaukas Havenhand teaches design history, theory and studio at Syracuse University where she is a Professor in the School of Design. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mid-Century Modern Interiors : The Ideas that Shaped Interior Design in America

Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019

Book chapter

...Most people have experienced the work of Ray and Charles Eames, although they might not know it. Their ubiquitous molded plywood and fiberglass chairs that were designed and developed in the early 1950s still dot our interior landscapes...

Retro Homes, Taste and Cultural Distinction

Sarah Elsie Baker

Sarah Baker is Lecturer in Culture and Context at the School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has researched and published numerous articles focussed on consumption and domestic space. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Retro Style : Class, Gender and Design in the Home

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...This chapter of the book takes up the themes of individuality, appropriation and popularization that have been central to my argument so far and explores them in the context of the home. In this chapter and the next, I concentrate on people...