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Design by Accident

Writer
Alexandra Midal
Date
2019
Publisher
Sternberg Press
Format
Monographs
Size
11 × 20 cm
Length
408 pp
Genre
Criticism, Design
Description

By Alexandra Midal

Preface by Michelle Millar Fisher, Foreword by Paola Antonelli

A counterhistory and new historiography of design.

In Design by Accident, Alexandra Midal declares the autonomy of design, in and on its own terms. This meticulously researched work proposes not only a counterhistory but a new historiography of design, shedding light on overlooked historical landmarks and figures while reevaluating the legacies of design’s established luminaries from the nineteenth century to the present. Midal rejects both linear narratives of progress and the long-held perception of design as a footnote to the histories of fine art and architecture. By weaving critical analysis of the canon of design history and theory together, with special attention to the writings of designers themselves, she draws out the nuances and radical potentials of the discipline—from William Morris’s ambivalence toward industry, to Catharine Beecher’s proto-feminist household appliances, to the Bauhaus’s Expressionist origins, and the influence of Herbert Marcuse on Joe Colombo.

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