Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools

Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools

  1. David Usborne
  2. Foreword by Thomas Heatherwick
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  • ISBN 9780500515013
  • 20.80 x 20.80 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 192pp
  • 388 Illustrations, 388 in colour
  • First published 2010
‘From biscuit cutters and meat tenderisers to carpet beaters, 'Objectivity' revels in their design beauty and functionality’ – Homes & Interiors
‘A miscellany of mysterious objects that celebrate the pleasing form of simple, useful things … stunningly photographed’ – Ceramic Review

If you have ever thatched a roof, measured a skull, stuffed a rabbit or walked on a whale, you may recognize some of these tools. Or, if you admire the work of Warhol, Duchamp and Cornell, you will understand the fascination of these accidental masterpieces of the everyday. Some are the tools of vanished trades, others anonymous implements of simpler cultures, but all have been chosen for their intriguing functions and their elegant, suggestive forms, whether for

    Hitting
    Cutting
    Gripping
    Holding
    Rubbing
    Shielding
    Moulding
    Spreading
or
    Testing

David Usborne is a collector and teacher of design.
See the author's own Object-ivity website which includes many beguiling objects and categories – functional and metaphorical.

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