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Title :

Humanizing modernism : the crafts, 'functioning decoration' and the Eameses

Author :
KIRKHAM, Pat ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
This article outlines some of the problems encountered in evaluating the work of Charles and Ray Eames, the husband and wife design partnership flourishing in the USA from 1941 to 1978, including issues related to gender, crafts and modernism. It focuses on two items of furniture and argues that both gender and pro-modernist/anti-craft biases are at work in the attitudes of design critics towards them. It goes on to examine the Eameses' attitudes towards the crafts, before and after they met in 1940, and considers the role played by 'functioning decoration' (their decorative arrangements of objects which encouraged an interplay between craft and machine work) in the humanizing of modernist design in the post-war years in the USA. ;
Pagination/Size :
19 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Artisanat ; Design ; Eames, famille, 20e s. ; Eames, Charles, 1907-1978 ; Eames, Ray Kaiser, 1912-1988 ; Etats-Unis ; Mobilier ; Modernisme ; Sexe (catégorie) ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Crafts ; Design ; Eames family, 20th c. ; Eames, Charles, 1907-1978 ; Eames, Ray Kaiser, 1912-1988 ; Furniture ; Gender (sex) ; Modernism ; United States ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Journal of design history, 1998, 11, 1
INIST identifier :
24996731 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0952-4649 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Oxford University Press, Oxford
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;