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DESIGN BY IKEA: A CULTURAL HISTORY. Sara Kristoffersson. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2014. 166 pp. with 39 ills. (17 col.). 26 x 17 cm. ISBN 9780857858139 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 163304. Publisher's description: IKEA is a global superbrand, whose ongoing commercial success has been founded on the rather neat alignment of the brand with a particular image of Swedish national identity -- one that is bound up with ideas of social democracy and egalitarianism, and its concomitant material expression through a pared-down, function-first design aesthetic. Employing slogans such as "Design for everyone" and "Democratic design", the corporation signals that it is motivated by a social conscience. Discussing the IKEA project, focusing on the 1980s and 1990s, when the company's symbolic connection to Sweden was constructed and expressed in various ways, Design by IKEA presents broad and critical coverage of the Scandinavian design output, both in historical and contemporary terms. The book also features 40 images of IKEA company-archive material, some of it previously unpublished.
Artist(s):Ikea (firm)
Indexing: Western, Europe — Sweden, Scandinavia — Post-1970 — Commercial/Industrial Design
Plans: 73,30
Worldwide Number: 163303
Hardcover $120.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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