The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Deyan Sudjic

The Language of Things: Understanding the World of Desirable Objects

W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date: June 2009
ISBN: 9780393240924
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A brilliant exposé of the interaction between art, design, and commerce.

What is it that persuades us to camp outside Apple stores to be the first to buy an iPhone? Why is it that a generation ago a typewriter might have lasted someone a lifetime, but now we write on computers that we upgrade every couple of years to shinier, faster, sleeker models? Why do the clicks of some car doors sound “expensive”? Deyan Sudjic charts our relationship—both innocent and knowing—with all things designed. From the opulent excesses of the catwalk to the playfulness of an Alessi jam jar, he shows how we can be manipulated and seduced by our possessions. With scintillating wit he addresses these questions and more, exploring the reasons why every designer yearns to put a personal stamp on a chair or an adjustable lamp, and where design ends and art begins.

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