Kjetil Fallan

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 Oslo

Research interests

Design history, visual/material culture, ecological design, environmental humanities, popular culture, historiography, theory and method.

Courses taught

I supervise MA and PhD projects in these research fields, especially design history and visual/material culture.

Background

M.Phil in history (2001) and PhD in cultural history (2007) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Postdoc Research Fellow in NTNU's Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture before I joined the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas in 2009 - first as Associate Professor, then Professor since 2013.

Appointments

Editor (Editorial Board Member), Journal of Design History (2009-2017). Editorial Advisory Board Member, Design and Culture (2013-).

Tags: Art History, Design History, Cultural History, Design Studies, Modernism, Industrial Design, Material Culture, Popular Culture, Scandinavian Design, Environmental Humanities, Environmental History, Ecological Design

Publications

Books

Book chapters

Articles

  • Fallan, Kjetil (2021). Norwegian Wood: Trails to Ecological Design. In Mareis, Claudia & Paim, Nina (Ed.), Design Struggles: Intersecting Histories, Pedagogies, and Perspectives . Valiz. ISSN 978-94-92095-88-6. p. 117–135.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2020). Aspen comes to Scandinavia. In Tigerman, Bobbye & Obniski, Monica (Ed.), Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890-1980. Prestel. ISSN 978-3-7913-5916-8. p. 289–306.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2020). Dyp design i Ville vesten: da norsk økofilosofi møtte amerikansk økodesign. Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. ISSN 0800-336X. 37(2), p. 98–112. doi: 10.18261/issn.1504-3053-2020-02-02.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Introduction: The Culture of Nature in the History of Design. In Fallan, Kjetil (Eds.), The Culture of Nature in the History of Design. Routledge. ISSN 9781138601925. p. 1–15. doi: 10.4324/9780429469848-1.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Design Culturing: Making Design History Matter. In Julier, Guy; Folkmann, Mads Nygaard; Skou, Niels Peter; Jensen, Hans-Christian & Munch, Anders V. (Ed.), Design Culture: Objects and Approaches. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 9781474289849. p. 15–26. doi: 10.5040/9781474289856.0007.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). The Object of Design History: Lessons for the Environment. In Massey, Anne (Eds.), A Companion to Contemporary Design since 1945. Wiley-Blackwell. ISSN 978-1-119-11120-7. p. 260–283. doi: 10.1002/9781119112297.ch13.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Jørgensen, Finn Arne (2017). Environmental histories of design: Towards a new research agenda. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 30(2), p. 103–121. doi: 10.1093/jdh/epx017.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2016). Real Imagined Communities: National Narratives and the Globalization of Design History. Design Issues. ISSN 0747-9360. 32(1), p. 5–18. doi: 10.1162/DESI_a_00360.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Things at Home: Pursuing the Genuine in Contemporary Norwegian Design. In Lønmo, Solveig & Rydiger, Monika (Ed.), The Logic of the Local: Norwegian and Polish Contemporary Design. International Cultural Centre. ISSN 978-83-63463-61-8. p. 45–53.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Zetterlund, Christina (2016). Altering a Homogenized Heritage: Articulating Heterogeneous Material Cultures in Norway and Sweden. In Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (Ed.), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization. Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78533-155-8. p. 172–187. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv8bt1mv.14.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). A Match Made in Utopia? The Uneasy Love Affaire of Art and Industry in Scandinavia. In Sparke, Penny & Fisher, Fiona (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Design Studies. Routledge. ISSN 9781138780507. p. 255–265.
  • Lees-Maffei, Grace & Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Introduction: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization. In Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (Ed.), Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization. Berghahn Books. ISSN 978-1-78533-155-8. p. 1–21. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv8bt1mv.4.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). High Fidelity: Visioning Sound at Tandbergs Radiofabrikk. In Hagströmer, Denise (Eds.), Ekstrøm Extreme: Norwegian Furniture and Industrial Design. Arnoldsche. ISSN 978-3-89790-460-6. p. 75–93.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). Love and Hate in Industrial Design: Europe’s Design Professionals and America in the 1950s. In Lundin, Per & Kaiserfeld, Thomas (Ed.), The Making of European Consumption: Facing the American Challenge. Palgrave Macmillan. ISSN 9781137374035. p. 134–156. doi: 10.1057/9781137374042_7.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2015). It’s Personal: Subjectivity in Design History. Design and Culture. ISSN 1754-7075. 7(1), p. 5–27. doi: 10.2752/175470715X14153615623565.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). Rubik’s Cube, Hungary (Ernő Rubik, 1974). In Lees-Maffei, Grace (Eds.), Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-0-85785-352-3. p. 138–141. doi: 10.5040/9781474293921.ch-028.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). LEGO, Denmark (Ole Kirk Christiansen, 1958). In Lees-Maffei, Grace (Eds.), Iconic Designs: 50 Stories about 50 Things. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-0-85785-352-3. p. 176–179. doi: 10.5040/9781474293921.ch-037.
  • Ringdal, Siv & Fallan, Kjetil (2014). 110 Volts at Home: the American Lista. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 27(1), p. 79–96. doi: 10.1093/jdh/ept046.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). Our Common Future: Joining Forces for Histories of Sustainable Design. Tecnoscienza, Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies. ISSN 2038-3460. 5(2), p. 13–44. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). L’histoire du design. In Midal, Alexandra (Eds.), Design, l'anthologie. Cité du design / Ecole supérieure d’art et design. ISSN 978-2-912808-55-4. p. 453–462.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). Culture by Design: Co-Constructing Material and Meaning. In Aukrust, Kjerstin (Eds.), Assigning Cultural Values. Peter Lang Publishing Group. ISSN 9783631632987. p. 135–163.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). Annus Mirabilis: 1954, Alberto Rosselli and the Institutionalization of Design Mediation. In Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (Ed.), Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-0-85785-389-9. p. 255–270. doi: 10.5040/9781474294133.ch-014.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). La Kombi nacional: Mini bicicletas como recuerdos en movimiento. IF. ISSN 1669-9300. p. 54–64.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2013). Introduction: The History of Italian Design. In Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (Ed.), Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design. Bloomsbury Academic. ISSN 978-0-85785-389-9. p. 1–33. doi: 10.5040/9781474294133.0004.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). Kombi-Nation: Mini Bicycles as Moving Memories. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 26(1), p. 65–85. doi: 10.1093/jdh/eps051.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). The Metamorphosis of a Norwegian Design Magazine: nye bonytt, 1968-1971. In Lees-Maffei, Grace (Eds.), Writing design : words and objects. Berg Publishers. ISSN 978-1-84788-956-0. p. 47–61. doi: 10.5040/9781474294089.ch-003.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Introduction. In Fallan, Kjetil (Eds.), Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories. Berg Publishers. ISSN 9781847889119. p. 1–12.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Epilogue. In Fallan, Kjetil (Eds.), Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories. Berg Publishers. ISSN 9781847889119. p. 237–241.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Goldfish Memories: Recounting Oslo's Streamlined Aluminium Trams. In Fallan, Kjetil (Eds.), Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories. Berg Publishers. ISSN 9781847889119. p. 117–135. doi: 10.5040/9781474294027.ch-007.
  • Fallan, Kjetil; Korvenmaa, Pekka; Johnsen, Espen; Zetterlund, Christina; Kristoffersson, Sara & Munch , Anders V (2012). A Historiography of Scandinavian Design. In Fallan, Kjetil (Eds.), Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories. Berg Publishers. ISSN 9781847889119. p. 13–31. doi: 10.5040/9781474294027.ch-001.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Ting og teori i nyere designhistorie :. Kunst og kultur. ISSN 0023-5415. 94(4), p. 230–239.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). "The 'Designer'-The 11th Plague": Design Discourse from Consumer Activism to Environmentalism in 1960s Norway. Design Issues. ISSN 0747-9360. 27(4), p. 30–42. doi: 10.1162/desi_a_00103. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Architecture in Action: Traveling with Actor-Network Theory in the Land of Architectural Research. Architectural Theory Review. ISSN 1326-4826. 16(2), p. 184–200. doi: 10.1080/13264826.2011.601545.

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  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). The Culture of Nature in the History of Design. Routledge. ISBN 9781138601925. 257 p.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2017). Designing Modern Norway: A History of Design Discourse. Routledge. ISBN 9781472456625. 212 p.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2016). Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization. Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-1-78533-155-8. 296 p. Full text in Research Archive
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2013). Made in Italy: Rethinking a Century of Italian Design. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-0-85785-389-9. 325 p.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Scandinavian Design: Alternative Histories. Berg Publishers. ISBN 9781847889119. 288 p.

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  • Fallan, Kjetil (2021). Deep Ecology as Deep Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2021). Designed in Denmark, Assembled in California: Windmills in Lands of Plenty.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Making Design History Matter.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Response and Responsibility: The Social Turn in Scandinavian Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Ecosophy D: From Deep Ecology to Deep Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Design’s Ecological Restraints: Hans Palmstierna and Sweden’s Environmentalist Awakening.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). Förlagd form: Designkritik och designpraktik i Sverige 1860–1890. Konsthistorisk tidskrift. ISSN 0023-3609. 88(4), p. 210–213. doi: 10.1080/00233609.2019.1711162.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2019). The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism. Journal of Modern Craft. ISSN 1749-6772. 12(3), p. 281–285. doi: 10.1080/17496772.2019.1678890.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2018). Norwegian Wood: Økologiens estetikk i norsk designhistorie.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2018). Aspen Comes to Scandinavia: Displaced Dreams and Misplaced Means.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2018). Carl A. Zimring, Aluminum Upcycled: Sustainable Design in Historical Perspective. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 31(2), p. 209–210.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2018). And After Us... Robert Esdaile and the Emergence of Ecological Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2017). Reparatørene kommer! Om varighet, tilknytning, og åpenhet i vår produktkultur.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2017). Appetite for Construction: Design History as Environmental History.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2017). Norwegian Wood: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Ecological Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Learning from Nowhere? Locating William Morris' Eco-Fiction in Design History.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Hi-Fi: Visualisering av lyd ved Tandbergs Radiofabrikk.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Ingeniørkunst: teknologen som designer. Kunsthåndverk. ISSN 0333-1059. 36(140), p. 7–11.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). An Educated Guess: History Lessons for the Environment.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Future Anterior: A Historiography of Contemporary Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2016). Grønt forbruk: et designhistorisk perspektiv.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). For the Love of It: Enthusiasts, Collectors, Amateurs, and the Value of Unsanctioned Knowledge.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). The Making of Design History.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). Ruth Oldenziel and Mikael Hård, Consumers, Tinkerers, Rebels: The People Who Shaped Europe. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 28(2), p. 212–213. doi: 10.1093/jdh/epu040.
  • Jørgensen, Finn Arne & Fallan, Kjetil (2015). Environmental histories of design. Environment and History. ISSN 0967-3407. 21(4), p. 641–644.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Lees-Maffei, Grace (2015). National Design Histories in an Age of Globalization.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). Gullfiskminner: Aluminiumstrikken fra Holmestrand og Strømmen.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). Green is Beautiful: Design History as if Nature Mattered.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2015). The Station of the Nation: National Narratives and the Globalization of Design History.
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Zetterlund, Christina (2014). Minoriteters materielle kultur: en utfordring for nordisk designhistorie.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). New Nordic: Contemporary Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). Design Culturing: Making Design History Matter.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). Weapons of Mass Deception: Deadly Design from the Peacemongering Periphery.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2014). Introduction to ‘110 Volts at Home: The American Lista’ by Siv Ringdal. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 27(1), p. 76–78. doi: 10.1093/jdh/ept047.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). “Kombi-Nation: Mini Bicycles as Moving Memories”.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). Icons of Play, Icons at Play: LEGO and Rubik’s Cube.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). Confessions of an Anti-Instrumentalist: Teaching Design History outside Design Schools.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2013). De-tooling Design History: To What Purpose and For Whom Do We Write?
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Alumination: Co-constructing Material and Meaning in the Design History of Aluminium.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Turning My Story into History: Mini-Bicycles as Moving Memories.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Et fag i forming: Designhistorisk teori og metode.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Skandinavisk design: Alternative historier.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Aluminium i designhistorien: "... som ild og vand"?
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Relationships between Text, Narrative and Image.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Turning My Story into History: Making Memories Matter.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Up Close and Personal: Subjectivity in Research and Design.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Aluminium i norsk designhistorie: "... som ild og vand"?
  • Fallan, Kjetil & Bulie, Kåre (2012). Historisk redesign. [Newspaper]. Dagens Næringsliv, D2.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Designhistorie i bedriftshistorien: teoretiske og metodiske innganger.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2012). Skandinavisk design: Alternative historier.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). ’We Have Teacups Enough!’ Design School Activism in 1960s’ Norway.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Boradkar, Prasad. Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects. Design and Culture. ISSN 1754-7075. 3(2), p. 263–265. doi: 10.2752/175470811X13002771868247.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Theorizing Things in Design History.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Finnish Design: A Concise History. Journal of Design History. ISSN 0952-4649. 14(1), p. 136–140. doi: 10.2752/175630610X12877385838966.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). ”Finnish Design: A Concise History by Pekka Korvenmaa”. The Design Journal. ISSN 1460-6925. 14(1), p. 136–140. doi: 10.2752/175630610X12877385838966.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Design and Truth. Design Issues. ISSN 0747-9360. 27(4), p. 103–104.
  • Fallan, Kjetil (2011). Robert Grudin, Design and Truth. Design Issues. ISSN 0747-9360. 27(4), p. 103–104.

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