Tutor: Malcolm Thomas

Tuesday 5.30pm


Pre-­‐postmodern design historians liked to treat the great modernist designers of the 20th century as individual design geniuses. The design media today still presents designers as individual greats when all acts of production require a collective effort. Adrian Forty in ‘Objects of Desire’ in 1986 argued that designers where a product of the societies they operated in and changed the way we viewed design history.  If you were designing in the 1930s what styles and technology would you be using? If Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer was alive today what work would he be producing? What technologies would he be investigating and why?


While Design Pioneers will introduce the designers of the most recognizable furniture pieces in the context of the 20th Century and study design movements such as the Bauhaus, Danish Modernism, Swedish Grace and Post-­‐-­‐-­‐modernism amongst others—students will reflect on these designers work in the context of the society it was produced in. Students will be encouraged to challenge the predominant accepted views (myth bust) and explore issues of new technologies, emerging market economies, competing ideologies, historic events, cultural associations and personalities.


Participating students will use their analytical, research and critical thinking skills to investigate the period and contextualise the role of furniture designers and their designs.