Martin Eidelberg Editor
Musée des arts décoratifs de Montréal and Abrams, Montreal, 2001 (new edition); originally published 1991, English
Nonfiction, Product/Industrial Design
ISBN: 9780810932050

From the Publisher (Abrams). This mammoth repository of images and essays redefines mid-century modernism. A stunning showcase." -Publishers Weekly "Comprehensive, well-written, engaging." -ARTnews Design 1935-1965: What Modern Was presents a definitive and distinct perspective on the decorative arts of the mid-20th century - a period that has only grown in popularity since the book was first published in 1991. With 37 new full-color plates of formerly black-and-white images, it is certain to be reaffirmed as a classic of design literature. The encyclopedic, stunningly illustrated volume spotlights seminal objects from the period's most significant innovators, including the Eames’s iconic chairs; Noguchi’s sculptural lamps; Sottsass’s early, rebellious furniture; as well as jewelry, ceramics, and textiles by a range of contemporary masters. Renowned historian Paul Johnson’s thought-provoking essay provides a sociopolitical context for the works, and noted experts in various design fields offer a wealth of information.

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R. Craig Miller

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Montreal was among the museums in North America that—following MoMA's lead—embraced a broad and what would be influential view of the scope of modern design. In the early 1980s, the museum began an ambitious program of acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications. It quickly became an important design center and showed that it was still possible to build a major collection in the late 20th century.

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