Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America


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Edited by Monica Obniski and Darrin Alfred. Published by Milwaukee Art Museum; Denver Art Museum; Yale University Press, 2018. First edition. Hardcover, lime green cloth. Quarto. 244pp. 153 color, 51 b/w illustrations. Fine in Fine dust jacket. Unmarked.

“This spirited volume shows how postwar designers embraced whimsy and eclecticism in their work, exploring playfulness as an essential construct of modernity. Following World War II, Americans began accumulating more and more goods, spurring a transformation in the field of interior decoration.”¬†