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Aluminium Furniture, 1886–1986: The Changing Applications and Reception of a Modern Material

Clive Edwards

in Journal of Design History

Published on behalf of Design History Society

Volume 14, issue 3, pages 207-225
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 0952-4649
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1741-7279 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/14.3.207
Aluminium Furniture, 1886–1986: The Changing Applications and Reception of a Modern Material

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This aticle examines the nature and role of aluminum in twentieth-century furniture making The connection between aluminum as a modern material and the representation of modernity is examined to establish how ‘new’ material can rise from being a novelity to mainstream usage The efforts of the aluminum industry,both in America and Europe,in developing furniture as an end-user marker for its products are also explored The promotion of the material often meant that non-traditional makers entered the furniture market.The issues that are concerned with materials and their relation rto design ,especially in matters of imitation, are considered here Aluminium was used to represent modenity,course of this article I draw together business history,technology and design history to explore some of the interactions that are focused aaround materials use.

Keywords: aluminul; business history; design history; furniture; imitation of materials; technology

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Subjects: History of Art ; Art Forms ; Industrial and Commercial Art ; Art Styles

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