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Mid-20th-Century Design: Masters and Innovators

Examine the rise of 20th-century design, with a focus on mid-20th-century furniture, lighting, and objects. This course covers the theories and trends behind great design produced in the United States, Scandinavia, France, Italy, and Brazil. Learn to identify the key traits of well-known American designers, such as Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, as well as the manufacturers that produced these iconic designs, including Herman Miller and Knoll. During our focus on Scandinavian design, we will discuss design masters such as Hans Wegner and Finn Juhl, while also reviewing some of the lesser-known names that are just attracting attention now. We will address the 1950s design boom within Italy, France, and Brazil, taking note of how the rebuilding of postwar Europe led to the embrace of innovations in architecture, which in turn led to new materials and techniques in furniture, lighting, and objects.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A foundation in the history of 20th-century design
  • An understanding of different styles and trends

Ideal for

  • Prospective and practicing appraisers
  • Arts professionals and enthusiasts
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