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Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse
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Kjetil Fallan
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Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse

Kjetil Fallan



The Arts: General & Reference;
Theory of art;
History of Art & Design Styles;
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
European history


212 pages

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Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse is an intellectual history of design and its role in configuring the modern Norwegian nation state. Rather than a conventional national design history survey that focuses on designers and objects, this is an in-depth study of the ideologies, organizations, strategies and politics that combined might be said to have designed the modern nation's material and visual culture. The book analyses main tropes and threads in the design discourse generated around key institutions such as museums, organisations and magazines. Beginning with how British and continental design reform ideas were mediated in Norway and merged with a nationalist sentiment in the late nineteenth century, Designing Modern Norway traces the tireless and wide-ranging work undertaken by enthusiastic and highly committed design professionals throughout the twentieth century to simultaneously modernise the nation by design and to nationalise modern design. Bringing the discussion up towards the present, the book concludes with an examination of how Norway's new-found wealth has profoundly changed the production, mediation and consumption of design.

By:   Kjetil Fallan
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm, 
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781138316126
ISBN 10:   1138316121
Pages:   212
Publication Date:   June 2018
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

List of illustrations Introduction Chapter 1: Organizing a National Design Culture Chapter 2: New Nation: Institutional Visions Chapter 3: Class and Culture: Design Reform Upstairs and Downstairs Chapter 4: Design on the Home Front Chapter 5: Reconstructing the Nation Chapter 6: On Display: Crafting `Scandinavian Design' Chapter 7: Unravelling Utopia: The Demise of the Applied Art Movement Chapter 8: Design with Care: From Consumer Activism to Environmentalism Chapter 9: Re-designing Discourse: from Ardent Advocacy to Amicable Advice Epilogue Bibliography Notes Index

Kjetil Fallan is Professor of Design History at the University of Oslo, Norway

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