'Utility Reassessed', J Ed. 1999 by Judy Attfield Manchester University Press.
Looking at the material culture that lies in everyday objects, from the manufacture of textiles, the utility of transport design and the manufacture and design of ceramics. A quote from an abstract of this book says : " the kind of objects that have an uneasy status within the boundaries of conventional design history because they have little to say about aesthetics, functionality, or the pro fessional practice of design."
Something I enjoyed reading about was the important of aesthetics over functionality for example a chair designer, developing chairs for aesthetics, they might look wonderful, but what use are they if they are uncomfortable to sit in? Our material culture craves beauty over function....
This book mostly looks into pre and post world wars, so pretty dated if I were to compare with todays standards but definitely a worth while read about the development of material cultures.