War and Return to Peace: Recovery Strategies, 1941–1950s. A lecture by Maria Savostyanova

Lecture cycle: Twentieth and Twenty-first century design
26 December 2017
19:30–21:00

DESCRIPTION

The lecture is dedicated to design of the World War II period, the military style and regime of strict economy, as well as postwar trends.

Jet fighters, tanks, rifles, helmets, and canisters: Maria Savostyanova will speak about the U.S. military economy, anthropometry, and organic design. The audience will learn about the experiments of Charles and Ray Eames, American designers who set, to a large extent, the nation’s tastes in furniture, architecture, film, and photography in the 1940s and 1950s.

Addressing postwar design, she will examine five scenarios of regenerating economy, including the French one (Christian Dior’s “New Look” and the Citroen 2CV); the Italian (transport, furniture, and office interior design); the British (the exhibition Britain Can Make It and the Design Council); the German; and, finally, the Soviet version (carriage building, automobiles and the TV set “KVN”).

ABOUT THE LECTURER

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.

SUPPORTED BY

Dornbracht

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration

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