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Designing Modern AmericaBroadway to Main Street$
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Christopher Innes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108040

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108040.001.0001

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Lifestyle Begins in the Kitchen

Lifestyle Begins in the Kitchen

(p.233) 13 Lifestyle Begins in the Kitchen
Designing Modern America

Christopher Innes

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that the kind of decor and furniture, the comforts and objects people surround themselves within their homes, are what shape a particular lifestyle. Joseph Urban and Norman Bel Geddes were not alone in designing the beds and tables the American public chose to buy, any more than they had been with the clothes people wore. Even more than with fashion, furnishings come from many sources. Still, each of them helped to define the modern image inside the American home through designing a range of key products that served as catalysts for the new modern style. Their inspiration, even in this most practical field, came, as with all their work, from the theater. Writing an introduction for the annual Architectural League exhibition in 1933, Urban commented on the way stage scenery reflects current architecture, and theatrical “properties” express the aesthetic values of the time.

Keywords:   decor, furniture, particular lifestyle, American public, modern image, American home

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