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AN EXHIBITION FOR MODERN LIVING by Alexander Girard and W.D. Laurie, Jr. Detroit Institute of Arts, copyright 1949. First edition. Spiral Bound with Stiff Cardboard Wraps. 8.5x11", 101 pages.

Very important and scarce catalogue of the post-war exhibition from September 11 to November 20, 1949. Designed and directed by Alexander Girard. Foreword by Alexander Girard, introduction by E. P. Richardson, essays by John A. Kouwenhoven and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., illustrations by Saul Steinberg. Includes designs by Eva Zeisel, Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eames, Thonet, Harry Weese, Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, George Nelson, Custom exhibition rooms by Alvar Aalto, Jens Risom, Bruno Mathsson, Florence Knoll (including pieces by Pierre Jeaneret, Richard Stein, Franco Albini, Abel Sorensen, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Andres Dupres, Hans Bellman, and Hardoy, Bonet, and Kurcham), Charles Eames, George Nelson, and Van Keppel-Green.


Introduction, The background of modern design, Modern design in America now, As Steinberg sees us, Floor plan of exhibition, Reproductions of selected objects in the exhibition, Views of exhibition rooms, general views of the exhibition, Index of designers, Index of exhibitors, Acknowledgements