Architecture of Display
Department Stores and Modern Retail
Through an international range of case studies from the 1870s to the present, this volume analyzes strategies of display in department stores and modern retail spaces. Established scholars and emerging researchers working within a range of disciplinary contexts and historiographical traditions shed light on what constitutes modern retail and the ways in which interior designers, architects, and artists have built or transformed their practice in response to the commercial context.
“Architectures of Display is an important and welcome addition to the scholarship of interiors, retailing, and consumption. The fascinating case studies in the volume, not only engage with particular historic moments in retail design, but as a volume emphasize the crucial importance of the visual when engaging with consumers.” Clive Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Design History, Loughborough University, UK
“In its interrogation of the architecture of display, and display as integral to architecture’s cultural impact, this collection moves far beyond conventional studies of consumption. Its contributions are multiple and compelling: it situates the emergence of the display window and the department store within an expanded history of architecture’s material effects; it argues that techniques and technologies of display have been at the core of artistic experimentation; and it shows that the arrangement of consumer goods is nothing if not political.” Charles Rice, School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Anca I. Lasc Assistant Professor of Design History in the History of Art and Design Department at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a design historian and research fellow at The Modern Interiors Research Centre, Kingston University, London, UK.
Margaret Maile Petty is Professor and Head of the School of Design in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.
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