Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes

Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes

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By (author) Jane Thompson, By (author) Alexandra Lange, Foreword by Rob Forbes

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 231mm x 310mm x 23mm | 1,157g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2010
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 0811868184
  • ISBN 13: 9780811868181
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 792,981

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The visionary mid-century retailer Design Research was in large part responsible for bringing modern interior design into the lives of ordinary people. From textiles by Marimekko to furniture and objects from cutting-edge Danish and Finnish modernists, this pioneering store made good design available to anyone. This gorgeous volume - rich with interviews and historical photographs - tells the story of the store, the unique approach to shopping it pioneered, and the luminary business people and designers who loved it then and esteem its legacy today.

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Jane Thompson is an urbanist--designer and planner-who has spent her thirty-year career creating successful and well-loved places that contribute to the vitality and identity of cities worldwide, such as Dublin, Cardiff, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. Since 1994, she has been principal of Thompson Design Group in Boston, whose projects include Navy Pier in Chicago, the Grand Central District and Times Square Center in New York, the North Coast Harbor plan in Cleveland, and the Redevelopment Master Plan for Houston's Buffalo Bayou. Jane graduated from Vassar College and pursued graduate studies at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She then worked for the Museum of Modern Art and became acting assistant curator in the Department of Architecture. This was followed by positions as architecture editor of Interiors magazine and founding editor of Industrial Design (now I.D.). In the late 1960s Jane became co-owner of Design Research, Inc., founded by her late husband, architect Benjamin Thompson. With Thompson, she conceived and designed Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and numerous waterfront restorations in the United States and abroad. She has been a board member of the International Design Conference in Aspen, the Institute for Urban Design, and the Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C. Jane chairs the Gropius House Advisory Committee in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a lifetime achievement award from the Industrial Design Society of America and Institute Honors from the AIA. In 2000, Jane and Ben Thompson were each named Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland. Alexandra Lange is a journalist and architectural historian.