DECORATIVE ARTS, JEWELRY, CERAMICS, TEXTILES

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Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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Hardcover, 8 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 200 color.

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Tools: Extending Our Reach

Text by Cara McCarty, Matilda McQuaid.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Tools: Extending Our Reach</I>.Tools celebrates the richness of the human imagination through a surprising range of juxtaposed and seemingly disparate objects. Accompanying an exhibition of the same name that celebrates the fall 2014 reopening of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Tools is unprecedented in its composition of collaborators--the exhibition is Cooper Hewitt's first pan-institutional show, spanning ten Smithsonian museums. From the earliest times to the present, tools have been at the frontier of design, demonstrating how technology and culture are inextricably linked. Consider, for example, that hand axes remained the dominant tool for 1.5 million years before any significant change was made to the human toolkit, and that the range of tools began to expand only 10,000 years ago. It is notable that the design of our basic tools--hammers, saws, screwdrivers, drills--has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years, indicating not only their continuity of need and function, but also the effectiveness of their design solutions. Their various incarnations and histories link us to the past. Other tools highlight new technologies and scientific breakthroughs that have opened new worlds to us. Through lush images, authoritative essays and superb design, the book shows the interconnectedness of scientists, designers, historians, anthropologists, engineers and artists through design-thinking and problem-solving, while also looking at various design perspectives and methodologies. Tools explores the world of design ideas while celebrating human ingenuity across cultures and over time.

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Tools: Extending Our Reach

Tools: Extending Our Reach

In the Cooper-Hewitt's wonderful new Irma Boom-designed exhibition catalog/design resource, co-organizer Matilda McQuaid writes, "In the July 1955 issue of Fortune magazine, the American photographer Walker Evans celebrated iconic hand tools in a photograph essay, Beauties of the Common Tool. Referring to the hardware store as an 'offbeat museum show,' Evans praised the 'undesigned' forms of classic tools and chided the 'design-happy manufacturers' who dared to change the least detail. Tin snips, a bricklayer's trowel, chain-nose pliers and a crate opener were, in Evans' eyes, standards of 'elegance, candor and purity.' Ultimately, what Evans valued was the design, the construction that resulted from the maker's understanding of function, efficiency of form and material." Featured photograph is Evans' "T" Bevel. continue to blog


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