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date: 12 June 2024

Industrial Design. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Jeffrey L. MeikleJeffrey L. Meikle

As industrialization accelerated and consumer goods proliferated after 1865, competition forced manufacturers to focus on product appearance. Ordinary citizens aspired to comfort, even luxury: patent furniture, lush domestic interiors, eclectic mail-order goods. New materials like celluloid simulated expensive ivory and tortoiseshell. Although an industrial-design profession did not exist in the late nineteenth century, the architect Frank Lloyd ... ...

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