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Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

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Designing Worlds

National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization

Edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. with the support of the University of Oslo and the University of Hertfordshire.

296 pages, 72 illus., 1 table, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-155-8 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2016)

ISBN  978-1-78533-832-8 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (June 2018)

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“…the contributions are valuable beyond question and the cases studied original. This book will therefore be a referent for future studies on national design histories.” • Journal of Design History

“This is a lively, spirited, and imaginative volume whose editors have assembled an impressive range of contributions. It is likely to be embraced not just within design history but also by scholars working in comparative history, art history, spatial theory, and material culture.” • Peter McNeil, University of Technology, Sydney


From consumer products to architecture to advertising to digital technology, design is an undeniably global phenomenon. Yet despite their professed transnational perspective, historical studies of design have all too often succumbed to a bias toward Western, industrialized nations. This diverse but rigorously curated collection recalibrates our understanding of design history, reassessing regional and national cultures while situating them within an international context. Here, contributors from five continents offer nuanced studies that range from South Africa to the Czech Republic, all the while sensitive to the complexities of local variation and the role of nation-states in identity construction.

Kjetil Fallan is Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse and Design History: Understanding Theory and Method, editor of Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories, and co-editor, with Grace Lees-Maffei, of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design.

Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History at the University of Hertfordshire and Programme Director for DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage. She is author of Design at Home: Domestic Advice Literature in the UK and the US since 1945, editor of Writing Design: Words and Objects and Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things, co-editor with Kjetil Fallan of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design, and co-editor with Rebecca Houze, of The Design History Reader.

Subject: Cultural Studies (General) 20th Century to Present Media Studies

Designing Worlds Edited by Kjetil Fallan and Grace Lees-Maffei is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). with the support of the University of Oslo and the University of Hertfordshire.

Full Text PDF | Full Text ePUB

OA ISBN: 978-1-78533-446-7


List of Illustrations

Introduction: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization
Grace-Lees-Maffei and Kjetil Fallan

Chapter 1. Designs on/in Africa
Dipti Bhagat

Chapter 2. Does Southern African Design History Exist?
Deirdre Pretorius

Chapter 3. Designing The South African Nation: From Nature To Culture
Jacques Lange and Jeanne van Eeden

Chapter 4. Resisting Global Homogeneity but Craving Global Markets: Kiwiana and Contemporary Design Practice in New Zealand
Claudia Bell

Chapter 5. Creativity within a Geographical-National Framework: From Modern Japanese Design to Pevsner’s Art Geography
Ariyuki Kondo

Chapter 6. Imagining the Indian Nation: The Design of Gandhi’s Dandi March and Nehru’s Republic Day Parade
Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan

Chapter 7. Troubled Geography: Imagining Lebanon in 1960s Tourist Promotion
Zeina Maasri

Chapter 8. Czech Glass or Bohemian Crystal? The Nationality of Design in the Czech Context
Marta Filipová

Chapter 9. The Myth of Danish Design and the Implicit Claims of Labels
Stina Teilmann-Lock

Chapter 10. Altering a Homogenized Heritage: Articulating Heterogeneous Material Cultures in Norway and Sweden
Kjetil Fallan and Christina Zetterlund

Chapter 11. A Special Relationship: The UK-US Transatlantic Domestic Dialogue
Grace Lees-Maffei

Chapter 12. Surveying the Borders: Authenticity in Mexican-American Food Packaging, Imagery and Architecture
Nicolas P. Maffei

Chapter 13. An Empire of One’s Own: Individualism and Domestic Built Form in 21st Century Jamaica
Davinia Gregory

Chapter 14. The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America
Patricia Lara-Betancourt

Chapter 15. Of Coffee, Nature and Exclusion: Designing Brazilian National Identity at International Exhibitions 1867 & 1904
Livia Rezende


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