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Sigrun Bulow-Hube : Scandinavian modernism in Canada

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Sigrun Bulow-Hube : Scandinavian modernism in Canada

Hodges, Margaret (1996) Sigrun Bulow-Hube : Scandinavian modernism in Canada. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Sigrun Bulow-Hube (1913-1994) was an architect and industrial designer who came to Canada from Sweden in 1950. In 1953, she formed the AKA Furniture Company which specialized in the design and construction of Scandinavian Modern furniture. This thesis focuses on Bulow-Hube's furniture design of the 1950's and 1960's, and, on her reception during those years in the Canadian cultural and popular presses. Bulow-Hube arrived at an ideal time to capitalize on the developing Canadian market for Scandinavian design. Canada was influenced by furniture styles from the United States, and, by the late 1940's, Scandinavian Modernism was among the most popular styles in America. Although Bulow-Hube was acknowledged in the media as one of the best designers working in Canada at the time, research reveals that Bulow-Hube was usually characterized as a 'decorator' or 'taste maker' as opposed to an 'artist.' Designing within patriarchy, Bulow-Hube represented two ideas: first, she qualified as an 'authentic' Swedish designer, a rarity within a society which craved an international identity but could claim few career designers. Second, she represented the woman's point of view at a time when women were expected to take the primary role in the management of the domestic sphere.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Hodges, Margaret
Pagination:x, 169 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Art History
Date:1996
Thesis Supervisor(s):MacKenzie, Catherine
ID Code:152
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:10
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:12
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