Masters of Mid-Century Modernism

GENINT 721.612

Osher (50+). In this course, we explore mid-century modernism in architecture, furniture, lighting, and other decorative arts.


About this course:

From sleek new industrial materials to innovations in housing the baby boom generation, the pioneers of design in the middle of the twentieth century faced new challenges in shaping a design aesthetic that would embrace the ideals of post-WWII America and Europe. Through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores a new optimism in the relationship between design and lifestyle in the mid-twentieth century as manifested in open living spaces in architecture and curvaceous, biomorphic forms in furniture, lighting, and other decorative arts. The influence of the Case Study Program and the works of such design luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Joseph Eichler, Isamu Noguchi, Arne Jacobsen, and the furniture of Knoll and Herman Miller will be discussed against the backdrop of the rapid social changes of the times.

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