Figure 1 Publishing

Art + Design

Modern in the Making

Post-war Craft and Design in British Columbia

Stephanie Rebick. In collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery

“Every object has a story. From the formal and material considerations of the maker, to the processes of design and production, to owners’ sentimental attachments, the narratives carried by material culture can elicit strong emotional and cerebral reactions. Comprising nearly three hundred works, Modern in the Making: Post-War Craft and Design in British Columbia maps the rich and complex histories of a diverse array of objects to uncover why the post-war period engendered such exceptional design and craft practices in the region, as well as to explain their enduring cultural relevance.”

—Daina Augaitis, Interim Director, Vancouver Art Gallery

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Book Description

From the aesthetics of postwar reconstruction to the functional objects that complemented 1950s West Coast Modern architecture and the expressive material forms of the 1960s and 70s, Modern in the Making acknowledges the many dimensions that defined British Columbia’s cultural identity in the postwar era. It is the first volume to trace the evolution of Modern ceramics, weaving and fibre art, furniture, fashion and jewelry design produced between 1945 and 1975 in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan.



“A close read is rewarding.”

British Columbia Review

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  • Paperback
  • 7.75 × 10.75 inches
  • 252 pages
  • 978-1-77327-122-4
  • $40 CAD / $35 USD
  • September 2020