The Authority of Everyday Objects: A Cultural History of West German Industrial Design

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Acknowledgments

It is a great pleasure to express my appreciation to those who have contributed to the making of this book. First, I would like to thank those institutions and foundations that generously supported my study. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung furnished me with a pre-dissertation grant in 1991 to conduct preliminary research in Berlin. A dissertation research fellowship from the Social Science Research Council/Western Europe in 1991–92 granted me the necessary time and money to complete the research. I am also grateful to the Mellon Foundation for providing a substantial writing grant in 1993–94 so that I could finish the thesis the following year. Additional assistance came from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Southern Education Regional Board, which were kind enough to subsidize several summer research trips in 1997 and 1998 to help broaden the purview of my story. Chapter 3 was first published in German History 19, no. 2 (spring 2001): 185–217, and an abridged form of chapter 4 first appeared in Design Issues 14, no. 2 (summer 1998): 67–82. I thank both journals for permitting me to republish here.

As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, where I completed my dissertation in 1995, I received solid encouragement and support from my dissertation committee, Michael Geyer, John Boyer, Leora Auslander, and Jan Goldstein. Over the years my advisor, Michael Geyer, has been especially engaged and helpful. Carol Scherer was instrumental in giving shape to the project early on, while Dan Smith helped refine early chapters of the manuscript during our long stints in Chicago and Paris. Nick Maher was also a great friend throughout.

During my two-and-a-half-year stay in Germany, I was assisted by a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Illustrations ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - Design, the Cold War, and West German Culture 1
  • Chapter One - Nazi Modernism Reconsidered 23
  • Chapter Two - The New German Werkbund 73
  • Chapter Three - The Promise and Peril of Organic Design 109
  • Chapter Four - The Ulm Institute of Design 139
  • Chapter Five - The German Design Council 178
  • Chapter Six - Design and Domesticity 212
  • Conclusion - The Return of History as Design 249
  • Notes 265
  • Bibliography 319
  • Index 339
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