About the Class
This course traces significant moments in the history of modern design (furniture, interiors, household items, products, and graphics) through close examination of objects and texts from the mid-1800s to the 1980s. We will explore innovations in design from the Victorian era—including the use of wallpapers later discovered to be poisonous!—moving through art nouveau, Bauhaus, art deco, modernism and postmodernism. What were the aesthetic and philosophical principles behind each of these movements, and who were the major practitioners? What materials (glass, steel, plastic) were popular at different moments in history, and why?
Erich Consemüller. "Bauhaus-Scene," Frau mit Bühnenmaske, 1926. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © 2021 Stephan Consemüller
Moqtaderi is a design history instructor at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the director and curator of Past Present Projects, where she organizes contemporary art installations at historic sites. She received her MA from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program.