Toward a better understanding of Luxury Design via Actor-Network-Theory

  • Gary Beresford

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Luxury Design is an undeveloped theory. (I will be capitalizing Luxury Design and Luxury Object within this study as legitimate areas of study.) Using Bruno Latour's ActorNetwork-Theory, this study develops a theoretical critique of Luxury Design, Luxury Object, and luxury design clients. The study deploys Actor-Network-Theory for the analysis of Luxury Design, and reviews foundational commentators, its development, its usage, the typical actors within luxury and its relevance to the study of design & Luxury Design. The study shows that Actor-Network-Theory can open windows onto
those active players in Luxury’s role in society not fully disclosed through current design or management methodologies, and to produce meaningful commentary on why Luxury Design continues to prosper uncontested as a focus for societal longings
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorAlex Coles (Main Supervisor) & James Dyer (Co-Supervisor)

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