Things Come Apart

Things Come Apart

A Teardown Manual for Modern Living

  1. Todd McLellan
  • ISBN 9780500516768
  • 34.00 x 24.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 128pp
  • 175 Illustrations, 175 in colour
  • First published 2013

Making visible the inner workings of some of the world’s most familiar designs, this book reconnects you with the child-like joy of taking something apart to see how it works – guaranteed to appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the material world.

‘Artfully reveals the beauty hidden within all the stuff of our lives’ – GQ
‘Every man loves smashing things up, doing DIY, nerding out on something and looking at very pretty things, so when these four worlds collide … It’s almost too amazing’ – FHM
‘Jaw-dropping … hardcore OCD porn’ – Gay Times
‘Todd McLellan makes this junk drawer of mechanics a visual splendour’ – Dazed Digital

Things Come Apart

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Welcome to Todd McLellan’s unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics – arranged first by size, and then by intricacy – are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair, or dissected in real-time frame-by-frame video stills.

From swiss army knife to sewing machine, MacBook to microwave, accordion to aeroplane, each photograph is itself a work of art, and offers a reinterpretation of our familiar world. Every single component of each object is revealed. In addition, a component count vividly illustrates how technology has decreased in size while growing in complexity.

Superb photography is interspersed with essays by experts from the worlds of technological innovation, DIY and restoration who discuss teardowns, disassembly, and reverse-engineering.

Todd McLellan is a Toronto-based photographer who specializes in automotive, commercial and conceptual work.

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