BOOKS ON DESIGN THEORY, AESTHETICS AND HISTORY

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Chasing The Perfect: Thoughts On Modernist Design In Our Time

By Natalia Ilyin. Foreword by Susan S. Szenasy.

In Chasing the Perfect writer/designer Natalia Ilyin delivers her astute, incisive and humorous observations on design and the world it has molded. According to Ilyin, “Modern design is based on deeply idealist notions, and its inherent perfectionism has dovetailed beautifully with our commodity-based economy's need to keep people itching so that they will buy things and keep the society chugging along. I began Chasing the Perfect because I started to become aware of this collusion, this silent pressure that a language of design based in perfectionism had brought to bear on how I developed as a person.” Chasing the Perfect is especially relevant in our times as interest in graphic, industrial and architectural design moves more and more into mainstream culture. Each of the ten chapters features Ilyin's accessible and often hilarious writing, which is highlighted with a broad range of images--some quite unexpected--from the designed world around us. An excerpt: “The choices that designers and architects have made in the last hundred years silently mold us, silently direct us through the tunnels of Penn Station or up to the fifty-third floor of the Sears Tower. But they direct more than our movements. They direct us to notice one thing and not another, to value one thing over another, to identify with one thing rather than with another. Modernism, the guts of it, the strength of it, the egotistic beauty of it, carries with it effects we did not expect and fosters attitudes about ourselves and others that may have been dandy in a utopia, but do little good in our world. Why have we not changed this idea, moved on with our thinking? For even after the disbanding of the Bauhaus, the disintegration of the International Style, the exhausting of postmodernism, we're all still chasing the perfect.”
Chasing The Perfect: Thoughts On Modernist Design In Our Time

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FORTHCOMING AND NEW: DESIGN AND DECORATIVE ARTS

Don't Brand My Public Space

DON'T BRAND MY PUBLIC SPACE

Edited by Ruedi Baur.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037783481 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 11/25/2013
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Are We Human? The Design of the Species - 2 seconds, 2 days, 2 years, 200 years, 200,000 years

ARE WE HUMAN? THE DESIGN OF THE SPECIES - 2 SECONDS, 2 DAYS, 2 YEARS, 200 YEARS, 200,000 YEARS

Edited by Beatriz Colomina.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037785126 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 1/25/2017
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Apple

APPLE

By Ken Miki.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037783863 | US $42.00

Pub Date: 1/21/2014
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Ruedi Baur Integral

RUEDI BAUR INTEGRAL

By Ruedi Baur.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037781340 | US $80.00

Pub Date: 1/25/2010
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Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design

ARE WE HUMAN? NOTES ON AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF DESIGN

By Beatriz Colomina.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037785119 | US $20.00

Pub Date: 1/15/2017
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Spector Cut + Paste: #1-4

SPECTOR CUT + PASTE: #1-4

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783944669045 | US $27.00

Pub Date: 9/1/2013
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Léo Favier: What, You Don't Know Grapus?

LéO FAVIER: WHAT, YOU DON'T KNOW GRAPUS?

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783944669496 | US $25.00

Pub Date: 1/1/2015
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Co-Op Principle: Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design

CO-OP PRINCIPLE: HANNES MEYER AND THE CONCEPT OF COLLECTIVE DESIGN

Edited by Raquel Franklin. Text by Claudia Perren, Astrid Volpert.

SPECTOR BOOKS/STIFTUNG BAUHAUS DESSAU

ISBN: 9783959050104 | US $20.00

Pub Date: 2/1/2016
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Bauhaus News: Contemporary Remarks

BAUHAUS NEWS: CONTEMPORARY REMARKS

SPECTOR BOOKS/BAUHAUS KOOPERATION BERLIN DESSAU WEIMAR

ISBN: 9783959050579 | US $29.00

Pub Date: 2/1/2015
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Super Normal

SUPER NORMAL

By Naoto Fukasawa.

LARS MüLLER PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783037781067 | US $34.95

Pub Date: 4/23/2007
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French Design

FRENCH DESIGN

By Alain Lardet, Anne Bony.

SKIRA

ISBN: 9788857214092 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 12/26/2012
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Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders

CHARAS: THE IMPROBABLE DOME BUILDERS

Introduction by Buckminster Fuller. Text by Syeus Mottel. Interview by Ben Estes.

PIONEER WORKS PRESS/THE SONG CAVE

ISBN: 9781945711053 | US $27.00

Pub Date: 2/27/2018
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