Grace Lees-Maffei Dr

Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory

Vrije University

Location
Hatfield, United Kingdom
Discipline
Design
Interests
Design History; Design Discourse;
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Grace Lees-Maffei BA Hons MA(RCA) PhD FHEA is currently Reader in Design History in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire; Visiting Professor of Design & Culture, Doctoral Program on Design, IADE-U Institute of Art Design & Enterprise, Lisbon, Portugal; Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory, MA Design Cultures, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013-14; Managing Editor of the Journal of Design History (Design History Society/Oxford University Press); Advisory Board member for The Poster (Intellect); Peer Review College Member for the Arts & Humanities Research Council; http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/About/PeerReview/Pages/default.aspx and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/.

Grace researches the mediation of design and philosophies of design to consumers, through channels such as advice literature, corporate literature, advertising and magazines and she is particularly concerned with issues of demotic design, domesticity and gender. She has made a significant contribution to methodological and historiographic work in design history. Dr Lees-Maffei is author of Design at Home: Domestic Advice Books in Britain and the US since 1945 (Routledge, 2013) http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415656696; Co-Editor of Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design (Bloomsbury, 2013) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Made-Italy-Grace-Lees-Maffei/dp/0857853899; Editor of Writing Design: Words and Objects (Berg, 2011) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1847889557 and Co-Editor, with Rebecca Houze, of The Design History Reader (Berg, 2010) http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1847883893

At the University of Hertfordshire, she coordinates of the TVAD research group http://tvad-uh.blogspot.com/. Grace has been teaching in higher education since 1995 and is an active member of the design history community, as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Design History (2002-8), as a Trustee of the Design History Society (1998-2002) http://www.designhistorysociety.org/ and as convenor/chair for the 2009 Design History Society Annual Conference, Writing Design: Object, Process, Discouse, Translation, hosted by the TVAD research group at the University of Hertfordshire 3-5 September 2009, among other conferences she has hosted under the auspices of TVAD and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She regularly peer reviews for publishers, journals and is a reviewer for the British Council.

Dr Lees-Maffei is a qualified and experienced research supervisor interested in supervising research on the following themes:
* Histories of design, applied arts and crafts of all periods and especially the 19th-21st centuries
* Historiography and methodology as applied to design history and cultural history
* The mediation of design in documentary sources such as magazines, advertising, corporate literature and advice
* The everyday and domesticity
* The consumption of design, fashion and taste.

Grace gained her PhD in 2005 with a thesis entitled 'Modern Living: Domestic Advice Literature and Design Discourse in Post-War Britain.'
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Publications

Autophobia: Love and Hate in the Automotive Age (review)

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Times Higher Education (2008)

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Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile and Its Effect on Our Lives (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Times Higher Education (2010)

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The Making of the Modern British Home: The Suburban Semi and Family Life between the Wars, by Peter Scott (review)

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Times Higher Education (2013)

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The Modern Interior, Penny Sparke (book review)

Lees-Maffei G

Times Higher Education (2008)

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Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things

Lees-Maffei G

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Designing Worlds

Lees-Maffei G, Fallan K

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Situated Knowledges : Consumption, Production and Identity in a Global Context (review)

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Design History Society Newsletter (2002)

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Turning Houses into Homes : a History of the Retailing and Consumption of Domestic Furnishings (review)

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Urban History (2006)

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Marks of Excellence : The History and Taxonomy of Trademarks (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Journal of Design History (1998)

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DESIGN: History and Theory

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Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2014)

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‘Jean Prouvé – The Poetics of the Technical Object’ (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Design and Culture (2009)

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Women's Leisure in England 1920-1960 (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Journal of Design History (2001)

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Design History

Lees-Maffei G, Huppatz D

Design Frontiers: Territories, Concepts, Technologies (2012)

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Reading Graphic Design in Cultural Context

Lees-Maffei G, Maffei N

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Historicizing Lifestyle : Mediating Taste, Consumption and Identity from the 1900s to 1970s (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Journal of Design History (2007)

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Why design history?

Lees-Maffei G, Huppatz D

Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (2013)

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Youth, Popular Culture and Everyday Life (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Design History Society Newsletter (2002)

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From Catherine Beecher to Martha Stewart : a Cultural History of Domestic Advice (review)

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Journal of Transatlantic Studies (2003)

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Imagined Interiors : Representing the Domestic Interior since the Renaissance (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Studies in the Decorative Arts (2008)

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From Slavery to Superwoman : Cooking, Cleaning and Eating 1850-1960 [review]

Lees-Maffei G

Design History Society Newsletter (2003)

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Processed Lives : Gender and Technology in Everyday Life (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Journal of Design History (1998)

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‘Made’ in England?

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Made in Italy (2013)

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Domestic Design Advice

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Journal of Design History (2003)

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Women in Italy, 1945-1960 : An Interdisciplinary Study (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Modern Italy (2009)

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Objects, Audiences and Literatures : Alternative Narratives in the History of Design (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Studies in the Decorative Arts (2008)

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From Plain Fare to Fusion Food : British Diet from the 1890s to the 1990s (review)

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Cultural and Social History (2005)

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Designing Modern Childhoods : Landscapes, Buildings and Material Culture (review)

Lees-Maffei G

Design History Society Newsletter (2002)

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Introduction - Writing design : words, myths, practices

Lees-Maffei G

Working Papers on Design (2010)

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Architecture and Design for the Family in Britain, 1900-1970 [review]

Lees-Maffei G

Journal of Design History (2001)

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The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001

Lees-Maffei G

The Journal of Design History (2002)

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Reflections on Design Activism and Social Change Design History Society Annual Conference, September 7-10, 2011, Barcelona

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Design Issues (2012)

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Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today (review)

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Design Journal (2010)

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Judging a Book by Its Cover: Fans, Publishers, Designers, and the Marketing of Fiction (review).

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Design Issues (2010)

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Elsie de Wolfe : The Birth of Modern Interior Decoration (review)

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Journal of Design History (2006)

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Made in Italy : rethinking a century of Italian design

Lees-Maffei G, Fallan K

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Design at home: domestic advice books in Britain and the USA since 1945

Lees-Maffei G

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‘Balancing the Object; the reinvention of Alessi’

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things (1997)

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Gottfried Semper

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Encyclopaedia of Interior Design (1997)

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Norman Shaw

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The Encyclopedia of Interior Design (1997)

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'Belonging and Belongings: Etiquette Writing as Design Discourse 1920-1970’

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Making and Unmaking (2000)

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Men, motors, markets and women

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Autopia: Cars and Culture (2002)

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Dressing the Part(y): 1950s Domestic Advice Books and the Studied Performance of Informal Domesticity in the UK and the US

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Performance, Fashion and the Modern Interior (2011)

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‘Small Change? Emily Post’s Etiquette'

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Must Read: Rediscovering American Bestsellers (2012)

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From Service to Self-Service: Advice Literature as Design Discourse, 1920–1970

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Journal of Design History (2001)

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Italianita and internationalism: Production, design and mediation at Alessi, 1976-96

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Modern Italy (2002)

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Accommodating 'Mrs. Three-in-One': homemaking, home entertaining and domestic advice literature in post-war Britain

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Women's History Review (2007)

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The Man in the White Suit, Alexander Mackendrick (1951)

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Design and Culture (2009)

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The Production-Consumption-Mediation Paradigm

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Journal of Design History (2009)

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Studying Advice: Historiography, Methodology, Commentary, Bibliography

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Journal of Design History (2003)

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Dangerous Liaisons: Relationships between Design, Craft and Art

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Journal of Design History (2004)

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Show/Tell: Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image

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Working Papers on Design (2007)

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Introduction: Professionalization as a Focus in Interior Design History

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Journal of Design History (2008)

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Writing Design: Words, Myths and Practices

Working Papers on Design (2010)

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Writing Design: Words and Objects

Lees-Maffei G

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The Design History Reader

Lees-Maffei G, Houze R

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Professional experience

Visiting Professor of Design History and Theory

Vrije University

September 2013 - Present

Managing Editor

Journal of Design History

May 2011 - Present

Peer Review College Member

Arts and Humanities Research Council

March 2011 - Present

Reader in Design History

University of Hertfordshire

March 2010 - Present

Advisory Board Member

The Poster

Present

Visiting Professor of Design and Culture

, IADE-U Institute of Art Design and Enterprise – University

January 2014 - July 2014 (6 months)

Senior Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

September 2000 - March 2010 (9 years 6 months)

Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

January 1998 - September 2000 (2 years 8 months)

Gallery Lecturer

Victoria & Albert Museum

October 1994 - June 1998 (3 years 8 months)

Finance Administrator

Victoria & Albert Museum

January 1997 - December 1997 (11 months)

Visiting Lecturer

University of Hertfordshire

September 1995 - December 1997 (2 years 3 months)

Visiting Lecturer

University College for the Creative Arts at Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester

October 1996 - October 1997 (1 year)

Exhibition Assistant

Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

July 1995 - July 1995

Intern, Department of Textiles and Dress

Victoria & Albert Museum

July 1993 - July 1993

Intern

Brighton Pavilion Art Gallery & Museums

July 1992 - August 1992 (1 month)

Research Assistant

State Apartments & Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, Kensington Palace

June 1992 - June 1992

Education history

University of Portsmouth

PhD

January 2000 - May 2005 (5 years 4 months)

Royal College of Art

MA RCA History of Design

October 1994 - June 1996 (1 year 8 months)

University of Wales Aberystwyth

BA Hons English Literature

October 1991 - June 1994 (2 years 8 months)