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I don't know of any studies, but I found "From Bauhaus to Our House" a worthwhile read:


It discusses how Gropius started off with more of a continental arts-and-crafts outlook, but that increasing competition for the intellectual and political purist high-ground lead to what we call, despairingly, the international style.

A similar dynamic has played out with software UX: people were producing garish (but usable) UX with drop shadows, etc. and along came the anti-bourgeoisie puritans. They had a point, of course (they always do) but their solution was worse than the original problem.

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