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Post-modern design
Collins, Michael.
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New York : Rizzoli, 1989.
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288 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
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NK1396.P66 C65 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Traces the postmodern movement, and looks at the works of over one hundred artists, architects and designers.

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Library Journal Review

The rapid growth and acceptance of Post-Modernism notwithstanding, much of the general public is hard put to define it. This beautifully produced book describes the movement's vibrant use of ornament, symbolism, and color while reinterpreting the traditional design values we all recognize. After the minimalist and technocratic approach of the 1960s and early 1970s, architects are relearning Greek and Roman design and reusing it, often with irony, in everything from a structure's shell to its silverware. Several dozen architects, designers, and manufacturers are featured, including Hans Hollein, Michael Graves, Robert Venturi, and Stanley Tigerman. A book that is both intellectually stimulating and visually exciting.--Daniel J. Lombardo, The Jones Lib., Inc., Amherst, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

"The ecstasy of choice and communication" combined with the Western economy is the essence behind many postmodern objects, according to coauthor Collins. The best postmodern work, which preserves and rediscovers the past, shows an indication that design is becoming less America- and Eurocentric and more international in scope. Chapters are titled "Origins of Post Modernism," "Post-Pop Design," "Post Modernism," "Post-Modern Design in America," "Deconstruction-Deconstructivism & Late-Modernism," "Secondary Post-Modern Design," "Post-Modernism and Consumer Design." The oversized book has more than 350 splendid full-color, large photographs. Objects considered range from a whimsical teapot with lips as the spout to an undulating and sculptured tete-a-tete chaise. Furniture design based on such past styles as Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Queen Anne all show accentuations, simplifications, and rescaling of their respective style elements. Furniture based on Victorian design is stylized and covered in colorful Formica. The book has a section of chapter footnotes as well as a selected bibliography. Michael Collins, who was the curator of the Modern Collection at the British Museum, authored Towards Post-Modernism (1987). Andreas Papadakis is editor of Architectural Design and Art & Design magazines. All libraries. -V. M. Juergensen, Mohawk Valley Community College