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INTERIORS, FURNITURE, AND PRODUCT DESIGN

PUBLISHER
Vitra Design Museum

BOOK FORMAT
Clth, 7 x 9.5 in. / 380 pgs / 500 color.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 41   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783945852330 TRADE
List Price: $90.00 CDN $125.00

AVAILABILITY
In stock

TERRITORY
NA LA

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Barcelona, Spain
CaixaForum Barcelona, 02/20–06/20

Weil am Rhein, Germany
Vitra Design Museum, 09/28/19–01/19/20

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VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design

1924–Today

Edited by Mateo Kries, Tanja Cunz. Text by Alex Coles, Tanja Cunz, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Mateo Kries, Claudia Mareis, Vera Sacchetti.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design

Surrealism's enduring impact on furniture design, fashion, advertising and beyond

One of the most influential art movements of the 20th century, surrealism expanded our artistic and quotidian reality by drawing upon myths, dreams and the subconscious as sources of artistic inspiration. The movement began in literature and art, but by the 1930s it was beginning to have an impact on design—an influence that continues to this day. The fascination was often mutual: surrealism opened design up to the realm of dreams, and design could introduce surrealism to the wider world. “I try to create fantastic things, magical things, things like in a dream,” Salvador Dalí said of his work. “The world needs more fantasy.” Designers in fashion, furniture design, advertising, theater, film and architecture took up the call.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design is the first book to document this fascinating conversation. The publication includes numerous essays and a comprehensive selection of images which trace the reciprocal exchanges between surrealism and design by juxtaposing exemplary artworks and design objects.

Among the artists and designers featured in this volume are Gae Aulenti, Louise Bourgeois, Umberto and Fernando Campana, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Frederick Kiesler, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Meret Oppenheim, Jerszy Seymour, and many others. Historical texts and short commentaries by contemporary designers round out the publication, putting the extravagant objects in context. In-depth yet appropriately fantastical, Objects of Desire makes one thing abundantly clear: form does not always follow function in design—it can also follow our obsessions, fantasies and hidden desires.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Frieze

Figgy Guyver

Presents a selection of bizarre – and often humorous – objects made or influenced by artists associated with surrealism.

Wallpaper*

Adam Stech

Until now, [Surrealism] has mostly been associated with dreamy and fantastical visions of painters and sculptors. However, soon after its discovery, the concept reached the world of utility objects and interior design too... Evidence of the movement’s timelessness is presented [...] highlighting the breadth of surrealist influences in design from past and present.

Financial Times

Louis Wustemann

Traces how the [Surrealism] gave applied artists and designers not only a new visual vocabulary to draw on but, for some, a creative wellspring

Forbes

Natasha Wolff

[T]his beautiful book showcases so many works and styles of [surrealism's] many forms.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/2/2020

'Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design' is itself a powerful object

'Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design' is itself a powerful object

As the sole distributor of more than 1,200 new books per year, published by dozens of superb, often groundbreaking and highly design-conscious publishers, it would be hard to pick "the best" of 2019. But when it comes to highlighting the most unexpectedly, understatedly gorgeous, one book does come to mind. Perfectly printed on deluxe, creamy matte paper and filled with scholarly essays alongside 500 color reproductions of Surrealist art and design objects in dialogue, Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design, 1924–Today from world-renowned Vitra Design Museum is fascinating and enlightening in and of itself. But it's the understated yet absolutely unique exterior that brings this book to the next level. It's a sort of miracle of book design, wherein the gold-stamped, bright red, linenbound cover blends seamlessly with its monochromatic red page edges while an undulating, sculptural, beveled ridge on the front cover effortlessly references Salvador Dali's iconic 1938 "Mae West Lips Sofa" (not to mention Studio65's 1970 takeoff, the "Bocca" sofa, pictured opposite a Dali work on paper on the spread above.) If you're a book nerd, this one's truly sexy. continue to blog


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