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GRAPHIC DESIGN

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Walther König, Köln

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Hardcover, 5.25 x 8 in. / 128 pgs / 54 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2019 p. 86   

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ISBN 9783960984306 TRADE
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The Archisutra

The Handbook's Final Chapter

Text by Miguel Bolivar.

The Archisutra

In the age of ubiquitous design, why shouldn't sex be designed as well? The Archisutra, expanding the meaning of the term "graphic" design, runs with that notion. The Archisutra presents architectural designer Miguel Bolivar's erotic guide of designed sex positions, all described in succinct yet explicit prose. The bodies in the book arch, vault and cantilever over drafting tables, Eames lounges and Barcelona chairs, connecting their configurations to the designs that inspired them. The Archisutra imagines the sexual spirit of classical, neoclassical, brutalist and other styles of architecture. Further, keeping in mind the concerns of our time, the book documents the "sustainability" of each position, that is, how long each position can be maintained over time. Or, drawing from the language of architecture, each sex position is accompanied by its typical location, whether "residential," "commercial" or "mixed use." A long history of attempts to quantify the human form and organize architecture accordingly, from Vitruvius' schema of the ideal mathematical proportions of the human body to Le Corbusier's Modulor system, now culminates in this most pleasurable and elemental of human activities: sex. Miguel Bolivar encourages fans of architecture to redesign their sex life with guide in hand or, perhaps more realistically, propped up nearby.


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Give 'The Archisutra' to your cheeky, high-design Valentine

Give 'The Archisutra' to your cheeky, high-design Valentine

Featured spread, depicting the recently-minted "International Style" sex position, is from London architect Miguel Bolivar's cheeky new architecture- and design-themed sex manual based on the ancient Hindu guide to erotic pleasure. Bolivar's Archisutra begins with a preface that references Le Corbusier's "machines for living" and Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, followed by a technical chapter on average male and female body measurements. The next 50 spreads diagram and describe funny yet legitimate positions such as "The Pile Driver," "The Flying Buttress," "The Cantilever" and "The Lap Joint," among others. Each position is coded with a Typical Location and Sustainability level, with Best Practices described in a detailed conclusion. continue to blog


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