Good Design”: Modernist hegemony in the USA and Britain
Choose one of the course themes below. Write a review of two of the recommended texts, plus one other of your choice relevant to the theme (which can be from the course reading or any other published source). Where a book is given as the recommended text, you should choose the most relevant chapter(s). The review will take the form of an essay .
Hayward, Stephen. “‘Good design is largely a matter of common sense’: Questioning the Meaning and Ownership of a Twentieth-Century Orthodoxy.” journal of Design History 11, no. 3 (1998): 217-233.
Woodham, Jonathan M. “Managing British design reform I: fresh perspectives on the early years of the Council of Industrial Design.” Journal of Design History (1996): 55-65.
Woodham, Jonathan M. “Managing British Design Reform II: The Film Deadly Lampshade—An Ill-Fated Episode in the Politics of ‘Good Taste’.” Journal of Design History 9, no. 2 (1996): 101-115.
Woodham, Jonathan. “Design and everyday life at the Britain can make it exhibition, 1946:‘stripes, spots, white wood and homespun versus chintzy armchairs and iron bedsteads with brass knobs’.” The Journal of Architecture 9, no. 4 (2004): 463-476.
McDonald, Gay. “The “Advance” of American Postwar Design in Europe: MoMA and the Design for Use, USA Exhibition 1951–1953.” Design Issues 24, no. 2 (2008): 15-27.