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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...

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...

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...

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...

The Definitions and Distinctions of Retro Style

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

...I don’t understand what retro means. Is it stuff that is pretending to be old or something, you know like a ’60s lamp that was made in the year 2005, is that retro? Or is it old bits of crap, old bits of toot, what is it?… I don’t know what...

Conclusion

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

...I began this book by outlining the changes in value of one particular retro item: flying ducks. I used this example because the history of these ceramic wall plaques exemplifies the processes, problems and questions I wanted to explore...

Retro Interiors and Lifestyle Media

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

...I began this book by referring to the recent proliferation of the term retro to describe particular objects and styles and used the Guardian Weekend magazine to illustrate this point. This example is just one of many representations...

Glass visions

Stephen Eskilson

Stephen Eskilson is Professor of Art History at Eastern Illinois University. He is coauthor of Frames of Reference: Art History and the World (2003) and author of Graphic Design a New History (2007 & 2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Age of Glass : A Cultural History of Glass in Modern and Contemporary Architecture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Book chapter

...In the early years of the twentieth century, no conceptual issue quite consumed the practice of architecture like the present and future possibilities of glass technology. Notably, during the heroic years of the modernist avant-garde...