Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

Albrecht, Donald

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2012. Hardcover. Num Pages: 400 pages, col. Illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KBB; AMB; AMVD. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 311 x 263 x 32. Weight in Grams: 2436. 400 pages, col. Illustrations. Cateogry: (G) General (US: Trade). BIC Classification: 1KBB; AMB; AMVD. Dimension: 311 x 263 x 32. Weight: 2450. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America accompanies a landmark exhibition exploring the career of Norman Bel Geddes (1893–1958), one of the 20th century’s foremost theatrical and industrial designers. This companion volume explores Bel Geddes’s life and career in comprehensive detail through nearly 100 projects, ranging from streamlined airplanes, ships, and cars, to stage sets, appliances, and much more. Both the exhibition and the book bring together never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs, and films drawn from the Ransom Center’s Bel Geddes collection. He is perhaps best known for his Futurama display for the General Motors Highways and Horizons exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1939–40, which to this day remains a useful model for city planning and design. The exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht, who contributed the book’s introduction and serves as its editor. In addition to Albrecht, who has written the introduction, twenty scholars have contributed essays. The exhibition I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America opens in September 2012 at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, and will travel to the Museum of the City of New York.

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“For those who have never heard of Geddes, this book will be a revelation, an introduction to a brilliant craftsman and draftsman, a master of style, the 20th century’s Leonardo da Vinci, who was able to realize everything he could imagine.” —The New York Times

“It’s worth looking back at Geddes’s . . . work to inspire us as we plan for the future.” —Fortune

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Donald Albrecht is the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as an independent curator. He lives in New York.

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