Bringing modernity home

Writings on popular design and material culture

By Judy Attfield

Bringing modernity home

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6326-8
  • Pages: 232
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2007
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Social & cultural history, The arts / General, ART / Popular Culture, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), The Arts
  • Series: Studies in Design and Material Culture


Bringing Modernity Home offers a retrospective view of the development of popular taste and the beginnings of a new phase in the rise of the consumer society in the post Second World War period. It traces the change to consumer-led design after a time of grim austerity and recovery from the war while the state and production considerations held sway when consumers "couldn't afford taste". The case studies of so-called frivolous items like the cocktail cabinet, the coffee table and the rise of DIY in the working-class homes of the "new towns" gives a flavor of the excitement and thrill they afforded designers, makers and consumers after the harsh deprivations of the war.


Judith Attfield was Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton

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