Philadelphia

“Design Since 1945”

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The pivotal year in the development of contemporary design is 1945. The beginning of the postwar period, it also marks the broad-scale confrontation by designers with the question of mass production. In its wake we’ve witnessed a steady, if variegated, flow of consumer objects, altered by different developments in technology, in life-style, and in human engineering. “Design Since 1945” is the first comprehensive American survey of this field; organized by Kathryn Hiesinger and installed by George Nelson, it encompasses some 425 objects by 280 designers in a chronicle of lighting, furniture, textile designs, tableware, and domestic appliances produced through 1982.

The survey affords a needed overview of the profusion of plastic modular arrangements and increasingly decorative surfaces spewed forth over a forty-year period; its selective compendium and clear installation permit one to make

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