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Louise Brigham and the Early History of Sustainable Furniture Design

Authors: LaFarge, Antoinette

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  • Offers the first comprehensive history of the life of Louise Brigham, a forerunner of today’s green design movement
  • Analyzes Brigham’s approach to furniture design, highlighting her innovative use of recycled materials, the influence of Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann and the Arts and Crafts movement on her work, and her emphasis on modular, multifunctional pieces for small spaces
  • Appeals to scholars, students, and readers interested American design history, women’s history, the Progressive Era, do-it-yourself design, modular design, and sustainability
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During the Progressive Era, a time when the field of design was dominated almost entirely by men, a largely forgotten activist and teacher named Louise Brigham became a pioneer of sustainable furniture design. With her ingenious system for building inexpensive but sturdy “box furniture” out of recycled materials, she aimed to bring good design to the urban working class. As Antoinette LaFarge shows, Brigham forged a singular career for herself that embraced working in the American and European settlement movements, publishing a book of box furniture designs, running carpentry workshops in New York, and founding a company that offered some of the earliest ready-to-assemble furniture in the United States. Her work was a resounding critique of capitalism’s waste and an assertion of new values in design—values that stand at the heart of today’s open and green design movements.

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Antoinette LaFarge is Professor of Art at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

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“A fascinating life, told with attention to historical contexts, an awareness of the ingenuity of Brigham’s design, and a great deal of narrative flair. Brigham’s modular, upcycled furniture made from cast-off boxes in the early twentieth century reflects the dynamism of this period in terms of progressive design, and the close connection between design and a social mission.” (Stephen Knott, Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies, Kingston University, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Louise Brigham and the Early History of Sustainable Furniture Design
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32341-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32341-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32340-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 131
Number of Illustrations
31 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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