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Books and materials relating to the applied arts after WWI; their use in architecture & interior design; the design of handworked and manufactured objects including: ceramics, metalwork, wood, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture, graphics, clocks & watches, toys, leather, etc.

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Modern Art in Your Life, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1949, first edition, 9.25" x 7.25", softcover, white paper wraps, cover design by Paul Rand, VG / none.

48 pp., MoMA Bulletin, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1949, illustrated throughout with 143 b/w plates, photographs and diagrams. Spot-on cover design by Paul Rand. Despite its size, a comprehensive examination of how modernism had infused its influence into the mainstream of everyday life in postwar America, citing examples from a variety of media: architecture, interior design, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, graphic design, books, posters, exhibit design, etc. Works noted include those by: Anni Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Jean Arp, Ben Baldwin, Lester Beall, Marcel Breuer, Alexander Calder, Jean Carlu, A. M. Cassandre, Salvador Dali, Paul Doering, Theo van Doesburg, Charles Eames, Max Ernst, Naum Gabo, Alexander Girard, Walter Gropius, Otto Haesler, Raymond Hood, George Howe, E. McKnight Kauffer, Paul Klee, William Lescaze, El Lissitzky, Jean Lurcat, Fernand Leger, Alvin Lustig, Jean Lurcat, Rene Magritte, Kasimir Malevich, Joan Miro, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, Henry Moore, George Nelson, Ben Nicholson, Oscar Niemeyer, Erik Nitsche, Isamu Noguchi, Amedee Ozenfant, Stamo Papadaki, Pablo Picasso, Antonin Raymond, Tonio del Renzio, Gerrit Rietveld, Mies van der Rohe, Ben Rose, Eero Saarinen, Ben Shahn, Yves Tanguy, John Vassos, Harry Weese, et al. Highly recommended.     [Book ID # 2058]

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