London: Ryland Peters & Small, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. Small quarto, pp. 143, indexed, illustrated with color photographs. Very good in lightly scuffed dust jacket. Item #13421
This book begins with a lively decade-by-decade introduction to the key design innovations of the mid-twentieth century, illustrated with archive material. International design developments are studied within the context of world events and how they influenced design - the rise of modernism in the interwar period, postwar austerity and boom, the space race, flower power, and the energy crisis of the 1970s - providing a fascinating insight into this fertile design period. The second part of the book explores the many elements of the style: furniture, lighting textiles and rugs, ceramics, and glassware. The third part of the book shows how to combine these elements to create a stylish home that takes inspiration from the very best of twentieth-century design.