New Backgrounds for a New Age
New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1927. No stated edition. Hardcover. 225p + 94 photos and line ills. Without the jacket. Bound in green cloth with paper spine label; there was also an edition bound in batik-patterned paper over boards. Very good. Item #31546
One of the first general-interest books to promote modern design in the United States. Chapters on recent decorative art in Europe, "Industrial Democracy and Art," design education, "Discovering the New Beauty," materials (steel, concrete, terra cotta), Modern American Decorators and Craftsmen, etc. "Our task is precisely to find what beauty exists in the shower bath... in observing the silver stream from a beauitfully shaped silver vessel." An important contemporary account of Twenties design, with a focus on how good design can further good living.