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Design Research

The Store That Brought Modern Living to American Homes

By Jane Thompson,and Alexandra Lange,Foreword by Rob Forbes

9 x 12 in; 192 pp;
250 color photographs
Hardcover
August 2010
ISBN 9780811868181
ISBN10 0811868184

SKU# 9780811868181

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When Ben Thompson opened Design Research in Boston in 1953, his innovative store became synonymous with modern interior design, lighting a public spark that still burns today, though the store itself is no longer. When the mass-produced furniture of imper...
Design Research


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Design Research

When Ben Thompson opened Design Research in Boston in 1953, his innovative store became synonymous with modern interior design, lighting a public spark that still burns today, though the store itself is no longer. When the mass-produced furniture of impersonal department stores reigned supreme, this boutique retailer dared to provide a learned yet unpretentious environment for sleek design. Today, Design Research's legacy can be seen in the showrooms of Crate & Barrel and Design Within Reach. Through interviews, anecdotes and lush photographs, Design Research documents the array of household objects and furniture introduced to the American home through the legendary store that made good design available to all.

 

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9 x 12 in; 192 pp;
250 color photographs
Hardcover
August 2010
ISBN 9780811868181
ISBN10 0811868184
Jane Thompson is an urbanist who has spent her thirty-year career creating successful and well-loved places that contribute to the vitality and identity of cities worldwide. In the 1960s Jane became co-owner of Design Research, Inc., founded by her late husband, architect Benjamin Thompson.

She is principal of Thompson Design Group in Boston, and has been associated with the Museum of Modern Art, Interiors magazine and she was founding editor of Industrial Design (now I.D.).

Thompson is the recipient of numerous awards including most recently in 2010 a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Alexandra Lange is a journalist and architectural historian.