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Global design history

Global design history

Riello, Giorgio; Teasley, Sarah, 1973-; Adamson, Glenn

'Global Design History' gathers together a number of leading design historians whose research points the way forward, aiming to address and promote changes to design history. 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

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Published London: Routledge, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Glenn Adamson, Giorgio Riello and Sarah Teasley
ISBN: 1136833080, 9781136833083
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 225 p. : ill.
Subject: Fine arts: art forms; History of art; Design History.; Art and Design.; Media studies; The arts: general issues; Industrial / commercial art & design; Culture and globalization.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780415572859


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

Author note

Glenn Adamsonis 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 Riellois 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 Teasleyis 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.