Threats and Promises: The Marketing and Promotion of Electric Lighting to Women in the United States, 1880s-1960s

Margaret Maile Petty

Examining the development of a specific gendered discourse driven by the electrical industry that united key beliefs about feminine beauty, identity, and the domestic interior.

Questions of Fashion by Lilly Reich

Introduction by Robin Schuldenfrei; Translated by Annika Fisher

Fashion from previous ages had style. . . . Such fashion developed slowly and organically. Fashion today has no style; it is merely always fashionable. . . .

Crystalline Bodies: Fragments of a Cultural History of Glass

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.

Passages from Why I Became an Architect by Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky

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.

Notes from the Field

Book Jackets
Ken Ames

I’ve been struggling lately trying to write a review of an art museum publication that is not very good. One of the problems is that the jacket seems to promise something that the book doesn’t deliver. Or maybe it’s just that the contents don’t live up to the jacket. Whatever the case, the two don’t work together. 

Capturing Flags
Barbara Karl

Between the sixteenth and the nineteenth centuries the Habsburg and the Ottoman Empires were uneasy neighbors. Over long periods the borders were not precisely fixed—let alone completely sealed—and remained porous. 

Ken Ames

According to its “Traffic Report” for August 30, 2014 (p. B2), the most-read online business article in the New York Times for the preceding week was “Retiring: Moving to a Smaller Home, and Decluttering a Lifetime of Belongings.” 

In Praise of Roundabouts
Ken Ames

I set off yesterday afternoon on an automobile trip to the bank. I can sense that you are already unsympathetic. Why don’t I do my banking online and stay off the road? But the bank is not the point here. The point is time and the nature of travel itself. The route I took was a familiar one. 

Ken Ames

The strawberry season has come and gone. To be more precise, the season for locally-grown strawberries has come and gone. Strawberries are still very much in evidence at the big-box grocery stores but they come from somewhere else, very far away.