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Design and Heritage
The Construction of Identity and Belonging

ISBN 9780367540487
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
310 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Design and Heritage provides the first extended study of heritage from the point of view of design history. Exploring the material objects and spaces that contribute to our experience of heritage, the volume also examines the processes and practices that shape them.

Bringing together 18 case studies, written by authors from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Norway, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, the book questions how design functions to produce heritage. Including provocative case studies of objects that reinterpret visual symbols of cultural identity and buildings and monuments that evoke feelings of national pride and historical memory, as well as landscapes embedded with trauma, contributors consider how we can work to develop adequate shared conceptual models of heritage and apply them to design and its histories. Exploring the distinction between tangible and intangible heritages, the chapters consider what these categories mean for design history and heritage. Finally, the book questions whether it might be possible to promote a truly equitable understanding of heritage that illuminates the social, cultural and economic roles of design.

Design and Heritage demonstrates that design historical methods of inquiry contribute significantly to critical heritage studies. Academics, researchers and students engaged in the study of heritage, design history, material culture, folklore, art history, architectural history and social and cultural history will find much to interest them within the pages of the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Design (History) and Heritage (Studies): An Introduction

Grace Lees-Maffei

Part I. Monuments and Memorials

  1. Wellington Monument and the Uses of Heritage: Changing Purpose, New Meanings, Multiple Identities
  2. Barbara Wood

  3. Marginalised Heritage and Invisible History: The Silvertown War Memorial
  4. Louise Purbrick

  5. The India-Pakistan Border as Site for the Production of National Identity: Heritage by Design
  6. Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan

    Part II. Landscape, Place and Visitor Experience Design

  7. Indigenous Living [‘Heritage’] Designing Tenets: Kulin ways of Singing, Designing, Nurturing and Nourishing Terrains of Identity
  8. Mandy Nicholson and David S. Jones

  9. Hopi House and the Design of Heritage at Grand Canyon National Park
  10. Rebecca Houze

  11. The Design Heritage of the Wintergardens at the Auckland Domain: Spectacular Enchantment
  12. Jacqueline Naismith

  13. Toward a Typology of Designed Heritage in Southeast Ohio: Mound, Marker, Mine
  14. Samuel Dodd


    Part III. Craft and Industrial Design

  15. Dürer, Goethe, and the Poetics of Richard Riemerschmid's Modern Wooden Furniture 
  16. Freyja Hartzell

  17. Royal Copenhagen vs. Porsgrund: Negotiating Ceramic Design Heritage in the Age of Copyright
  18. Peder Valle

  19. Lifestyle Branding, Nostalgia, and Hong Kong’s Contested Heritage
  20. Daniel J. Huppatz


    Part IV. Textiles and Dress

  21. Reclaiming Heritage Narratives: Reweaving the Story of a Royal Wedding Dress
  22. Zoë Hendon

  23. A Canadian Maple Leaf Quilt: Design History and Natural Heritage
  24. Vanessa Nicholas

  25. Design, Politics, and Croatian Folk Heritage: Gingerbread and Lace
  26. Heidi Cook

    Part V. Graphic Design, Information Design and Typography

  27. South African Heritage Postcards: The Same Old Story?
  28. Jeanne van Eeden

  29. Modernist Graphics, New Typography, and the Design of Identity in the First Czechoslovak Republic
  30. Benjamin Benus

  31. Typography and Lettering as Design Heritage in Brazil
  32. Priscila Farias

    Part VI. Digitisation and Online User Experience Design

  33. Recontextualizing Burmese Colonial Photographs as Contemporary Fashion Accessories at Yangoods: ‘To Revitalize Myanmar’s Heritage’
  34. Carmín Berchiolly

  35. Designing Absence at the Anne Frank House Museum, Amsterdam, and the Secret Annex Online: Exhibition Design, Virtual Reality and Historic Preservation

Sarah Lichtman

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Grace Lees-Maffei is Professor of Design History and Programme Director for DHeritage, the Professional Doctorate in Heritage, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and Chair of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History. She researches the mediation of design, design discourse, domesticity, national identity and globalization in design and the interplay of design and heritage.

Rebecca Houze is Professor of Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University, USA and General Editor of the Bloomsbury Design Library. Her research examines cultures of collection and display in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She writes about the built environment in Europe and North America with a focus on women designers, international exhibitions, and national parks.


"This timely volume brings together parallel strands in design history and heritage studies, arguing cogently for the ways in which each might inform the other. In doing so, it emphasises how heritage - and its futures - are designed, and points towards new directions for research and practice in both fields."

Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies, University College London, UK

"The intersections between heritage and design theories and practices have been surprisingly little explored in either heritage studies or design history. This book, edited by Grace Lees-Maffei and Rebecca Houze, goes a long way towards filling that gap. Following an insightful framework-setting chapter by the editors, an expert set of contributors cover a wide range of design/heritage types from monuments and memorials, cultural landscapes and gardens to dress, textiles, timber products and ceramics. The writers come from a variety of disciplinary contexts and engage impressively with case study material deriving from all continents."

William Logan, Professor Emeritus, Deakin University, Australia

"This timely, intellectually engaging and inspirational book focuses on exploring the visual aspects of heritage - from the postcards we send on holiday, to the souvenirs we buy in the museum shop, to the creation of our wedding dress. En route we revisit Old Masters, new technologies, and the built environment.

Seen through the prism of design, the richness of material culture presented in this book draws the reader into the engendering and decolonising narratives it embodies. Focusing on a variety of themes - including monuments and materials; landscape, place and visitors experience; craft and industry; textiles and dress; graphics; and digitisation – the book makes a compelling case for the role design plays in the multi-vocality of heritage."

Liliana Janik, Deputy Director, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, University of Cambridge, UK