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THE POLITICS OF FURNITURE: IDENTITY, DIPLOMACY AND PERSUASION IN POST-WAR INTERIORS. Ed. by Fredie Flore and Cammie McAtee. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2017. 248 pp. with 83 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2016-30486 ISBN 9781472453556 In English.
Publisher's description: In many different parts of the world modern furniture elements have served as material expressions of power in the post-war era. They were often meant to express an international and in some respects apolitical modern language, but when placed in a sensitive setting or a meaningful architectural context they were highly capable of negotiating or manipulating ideological messages. The agency of modern furniture was often less overt than that of political slogans or statements, but as the essays in this book reveal, it had the potential of becoming a persuasive and malleable ally in very diverse politically charged arenas, including embassies, ministries, showrooms, exhibitions, design schools, libraries, museums and even prisons. This collection of essays examines the consolidating as well as the disrupting force of modern furniture in the global context between 1945 and the 1970s. The volume shows that key to understanding this phenomenon is the study of national as well as transnational systems through which it was launched, promoted and received. While some essays squarely focus on individual furniture elements as vehicles communicating political and social meaning, others consider the role of furniture within potent sites that demand careful negotiation, whether between governments, cultures, or buyer and seller.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Post-1945 — Furniture, Interior Design
Plans: 73,30,55
Worldwide Number: 174867
Hardcover $155.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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