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From Artworks to Factory Goods, 1870–1917. A lecture by Maria Savostyanova

Lecture cycle: Twentieth and Twenty-first century design
2 November 2017


This lecture examines the shift in design from artworks to factory goods: the focus is on major automobile companies, assembly-line production and design trends of the World War I era.

Maria Savostyanova will talk about the search for balance in the design of this period, analyzing industrial form in its interrelation with art, crafts, and industrial production. This is the time when automobile design emerges, from the first Marcus car to the vehicles of Rousseau-Balt. Some of the key figures and inventions featured in the lecture include businessmen Werner von Siemens and Robert Bosch, Thomas Edison and the birth of electricity, the Wright brothers, Henry Ford, and the moving assembly line.


Maria Savostyanova is an art historian and design critic, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Interior+Design, and author of over 350 articles on consumer and collectible design. Convenor of the Theory and History of Culture program at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, she has been reviewing major contemporary art and design exhibitions for fifteen years.




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