Street furniture design : contesting modernism in post-war Britain

Herring, Eleanor

Street furniture design : contesting modernism in post-war Britain - London Bloomsbury Academic 2016 - viii, 214 p. : illustrations ; 24 cm

Eleanor Herring's unique study of street furniture in post-war Britain considers how objects which are now familiar parts of our urban environment were designed to populate public spaces. Herring explores the design of lampposts, post boxes, parking meters, and signage in the context of a government backed by various bodies keen to propagate 'good' modern design, in a Britain whose towns and cities had been laid waste by bombing and the privations of war. She also considers the innate conservatism of local communities and councils, wary of a standardised street design imposed from above. She traces how the design of street furniture became the site of a fierce struggle which exposed deep-seated anxieties about class, taste and power. Herring's original research draws on archival material and on interviews with leading figures in urban design, including graphic designer Margaret Calvert and industrial designer Kenneth Grange

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City planning - Great Britain
City planning - Great Britain - History - 19th century
City planning - Great Britain - History - 20th century
Cpuncil of Industrial design (Greta Britain)
Grat Britain
History - 20th century
House and Home
Outdoor furniture
Outdoor furniture - Great Britain
Streets -- Accessories
Streets -- Great Britain -- Accessories -- History

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