What is uniquely American about American design? This first history of American products and the philosophy behind their creation, use, and manufacture points to the interaction between industrial technology and culture – that gave form to an American “ethic” in material products and helped shape the lifestyle of its citizens.
Pulos discusses the influences, fashions, and significant figures and schools of design from Colonial Times to the 1940s. Central to the story are the objects and artifacts themselves – Shaker chairs, Colonial tea kettles, clipper ships, Sullivan’s skyscraper department store; the work of Bel Geddes, Raymond Loewy, Russel Wright and Walter Teague as seen in cars, cameras, housewares, boats, locomotives. These objects and many others are illustrated in over 300 unusual photographs, engravings, ads and drawings.
Arthur J. Pulos, FIDSA, is chairman emeritus of the department of design at Syracuse University, president of Pulos Design Associates, an active designer, and a past president and board chairman of the Industrial Designers’ Society of America.