INTERIORS, FURNITURE, AND PRODUCT DESIGN

PUBLISHER
Vitra Design Museum

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

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Forthcoming

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 41   

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

AVAILABILITY
Awaiting stock

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.

Featured image is reproduced from '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.


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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design

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