Jeffrey T. Schnapp
Within the framework of an overall theory of the cultural history of materials, this article reconstructs the role of tempered glass in the modernist imagination.
Reviewed by Antonia Behan
The encounter between Bauhauslers and the Bengali avant-garde in 1922 has long tantalized scholars of South Asian modernism.
Selected and Translated by Juliet Kinchin
These extracts outline Schütte-Lihotzky’s working methods, the concerns that lay behind the design of the Frankfurt Kitchen, and something of her larger ideas about design and the status of women.
What does it mean to "replace the government of persons by the administration of things?" And what do we do about all this paperwork?
Notes from the Field
Design and Disaster: Kon Wajiro’s Modernologio at ParsonsJilly Traganou
Fifteen years ago, I first discovered the work of Kon Wajiro (1888-1973) at a library in Tokyo. I was immediately captivated by the intimacy of his meticulous ink drawings. Looking at his work felt like peeking into someone's closet and being afforded a view of their most intimate belongings...
Notes on the Marking Language Seminar at the Drawing Room in LondonKim Dhillon
In the past four years, we have seen a renewed interest in text as visual art form as evidenced in a surge of exhibitions that survey contemporary art and its relationship to written language. One of the most recent was a twinned exhibition examining written communication and drawing...
The Great Chair ExhibitionKen Ames
The great chair exhibition has come and gone. I am referring here to the exhibition of sixteen mid-eighteenth-century chairs that took place at Bernard & S. Dean Levy on East 84th Street from January 20 through February 3 of this year...
It is no secret that the antiques business is in trouble. A friend who should know tells me that American eighteenth-century furniture now sells for half of what it did a few years ago. A major silver dealer who formerly did a brisk business laments that there are no collectors anymore...
Preserving ValueMiriam Clavir
In the early 1980s, a few years after I began working as the first conservator at the UBC Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, Canada, I was asked to agree to a loan of pieces that would be handled and worn in a very non-museum environment...