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Contemporary furniture design : exploring the iconography of a technological aesthetic


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Prasil, PRJ 2001 , 'Contemporary furniture design : exploring the iconography of a technological aesthetic', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The project explores the implications of preceding and
diverse new technologies, as applied to furniture and
object design, and researches new and innovative
applications to contemporary design.
The central theme of the study is to find a way to
humanise our ever advancing technological age, to
counterpoint the vast sweep of mass markets and mass
production, through the rediscovery of craft in
conceiving and making of the objects we use.
Coming to design from a technical-engineering
background, my work is influenced by the
morphological aspects of technology with an emphasis
on techniques and workmanship. The work is related
to the Machine Aesthetic and styles like Streamlining
and Biodesign.
The forms, while attempting to express specific signs
of the electronic age, recall the iconographies
determined by preceding styles or movements.
However, the work, except for its execution is not
serious. Rather the conceptual idea, being a parody or
even a travesty of Ronald Reagan's 'Star Wars'
"Strategic Defence Initiative".
It is an interpretation of the sociological,
sociopolitical, symbolic and morphological aspects of
technology, providing historical context by defining
and detailing a body of work embedded in the machine

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Prasil, PRJ
Keywords: Design, Furniture design
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Tasmania, 2001. Includes bibliographical references

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