The substance of style :how the rise of aesthetic value is remaking commerce, culture, and consciousness /Virginia Postrel.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-271190

Description

xv, 237, 15 p. ; 21 cm., "Whether it's sleek leather pants, a shiny new Apple computer, or a designer toaster, we make important decisions as consumers every day based on our sensory experience. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how Americans live and work. The twenty-first century has become the age of aesthetics, and whether we realize it or not, this influence has taken over the marketplace, and much more. In this penetrating, keenly observed book, Virginia Postrel makes the argument that appearance counts, that aesthetic value is real. Drawing from fields as diverse as fashion, real estate, politics, design, and economics, Postrel deftly chronicles our culture's aesthetic imperative and argues persuasively that it is a vital component of a healthy, forward-looking society. Intelligent, incisive, and thought-provoking, The Substance of Style is a groundbreaking portrait of the democratization of taste and a brilliant examination of the way we live now. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Aesthetics.
Ästhetik.
Sozialer Wandel.

Originator

Postrel, Virginia I., 1960-

Contents

The aesthetic imperative -- The rise of look and feel -- Surface and substance -- Meaningful looks -- The boundaries of design -- Smart and pretty.

Publication

New York : Perennial

Description

xv, 237, 15 p. ; 21 cm.
"Whether it's sleek leather pants, a shiny new Apple computer, or a designer toaster, we make important decisions as consumers every day based on our sensory experience. Sensory appeals are everywhere, and they are intensifying, radically changing how Americans live and work. The twenty-first century has become the age of aesthetics, and whether we realize it or not, this influence has taken over the marketplace, and much more. In this penetrating, keenly observed book, Virginia Postrel makes the argument that appearance counts, that aesthetic value is real. Drawing from fields as diverse as fashion, real estate, politics, design, and economics, Postrel deftly chronicles our culture's aesthetic imperative and argues persuasively that it is a vital component of a healthy, forward-looking society. Intelligent, incisive, and thought-provoking, The Substance of Style is a groundbreaking portrait of the democratization of taste and a brilliant examination of the way we live now. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

Includes section called: P.S. : insights, interviews & more.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-227) and index.

ISBN

0060933852
9780060933852

Call Number

Coll. BH39.P6693 2003

Edition

1st Perennial ed.