1st Edition

Global Design History

Edited By Glenn Adamson, Giorgio Riello, Sarah Teasley Copyright 2011
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Globalism is often discussed using abstract terms, such as ‘networks’ or ‘flows’ and usually in relation to recent history. Global Design History moves us past this limited view of globalism, broadening our sense of this key term in history and theory.

    Individual chapters focus our attention on objects, and the stories they can tell us about cultural interactions on a global scale. They place these concrete things into contexts, such as trade, empire, mediation, and various forms of design practice. Among the varied topics included are:

    • the global underpinnings of Renaissance material culture
    • the trade of Indian cottons in the eighteenth-century
    • the Japanese tea ceremony as a case of ‘import substitution’
    • German design in the context of empire
    • handcrafted modernist furniture in Turkey
    • Australian fashions employing ‘ethnic’ motifs
    • an experimental UK-Ghanaian design partnership
    • Chinese social networking websites
    • the international circulation of contemporary architects.

    Featuring work from leading design historians, each chapter is paired with a ‘response’, designed to expand the discussion and test the methodologies on offer. An extensive bibliography and resource guide will also aid further research, providing students with a user friendly model for approaches to global design. 

    Global Design History will be useful for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics and researchers in design history and art history, and related subjects such as anthropology, craft studies and cultural geography.

    Preface  Introduction: Towards Global Design History Sarah Teasley, Giorgio Riello, and Glenn Adamson  Chapter 1. The Global Renaissance: Cross-Cultural Material Culture and the Creation of a Community of Taste Marta Ajmar-Wollheim and Luca Molà  Response by Dana Leibsohn  Chapter 2. Global Design in Jingdezhen: Local Production and Global Connections Anne Gerritsen  Response by Beverly Lemire  Chapter 3. Indian Cottons and European Fashion, 1400-1800 John Styles  Response by Prasannan Parthasarathi  Chapter 4. Import Substitution, Innovation and the Tea Ceremony in Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Japan Christine M. E. Guth  Response by Maxine Berg  Chapter 5. The Globalization of the Fashion City Christopher Breward  Response by Simona Segre Reinach  Chapter 6. Performing White South African Identity through International and Empire Exhibitions Dipti Bhagat  Response by Angus Lockyer  Chapter 7. ‘From the Far Corners’ : Telephones, Globalization, and the Production of Locality in the 1920s Michael J. Golec  Response by Anne Balsamo  Chapter 8. The Globalization of the Deutscher Werkbund: Design Reform, Industrial Policy, and German Foreign Policy, 1907-1914 John Maciuika  Response by Paul Betts  Chapter 9. Where in the World is Design? : The Case of India, 1900-1945 Victor Margolin  Response by Christopher Pinney  Chapter 10. ‘Handmade Modernity’: A Case Study on Postwar Turkish Modern Furniture Design Gyökan Karakus  Response by Edward S. Cooke, Jr.  Chapter 11. Old Empire and New Global Luxury: Fashioning Global Design Peter McNeil  Response by Shehnaz Suterwalla  Chapter 12. Analyzing Social Networking Web Sites: The Design of Happy Network in China Basile Zimmermann  Response by Ngai-Ling Sum  Chapter 13. From Nation-bound Histories to Global Narratives of Architecture Jilly Traganou  Response by Lucia Allais  Chapter 14. e-Artisans: contemporary design for the global market Tom Barker and Ashley Hall  Response by Shannon May  Bibliography  Resource Guide


    Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate programme in the History of Design. He is co-editor of The Journal of Modern Craft, and author of Thinking Through Craft (2007) and The Craft Reader (2010).

    Giorgio Riello is Associate Professor in Global History and Culture at the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of A Foot in the Past (2006) and has recently co-edited The Spinning World: A Global History of Cotton Textiles, 1200–1850 (2009) and The Fashion History Reader (2010).

    Sarah Teasley is Tutor in the History of Design and Liaison Tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art, UK. She is co-author of 20th Century Design History (2005), and a specialist in the history of design for mass production in modern Japan.