Usefulness in Small Things: Items from the Under a Fiver Collection

Author:   Sam Hecht ,  Kim Colin ,  Paul Smith ,  Angela Moore
Publisher:   Rizzoli International Publications
ISBN:  

9780789334114


Pages:   224
Publication Date:   26 September 2017
Format:   Paperback
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Common items such as nails, plugs, toothbrushes, soap, gloves, and sweets have their own function and differ in design from country to country and region to region. Some are examples of good and practical design, while others fail to fulfil their function. The collection shows an appreciation to detail by revealing how things are made and a sensitivity to the tasks people carry out, all the while keeping in mind the basic utilitarian design of these inexpensive everyday objects. The items come from a range of countries, including the United States, Japan, France, and Thailand, and were purchased from small local shops. More than design souvenirs that celebrate local culture, they all involve an idea about function and in most cases the designer is unknown. The book is designed by Graphic Thought Facility and illustrated with over 150 newly commissioned photographs by Angela Moore. The objects are organized thematically, with concise captions that clarify the individual function of each item, exposing what is not always apparent from looking.

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Author:   Sam Hecht ,  Kim Colin ,  Paul Smith ,  Angela Moore
Publisher:   Rizzoli International Publications
Imprint:   Rizzoli International Publications
Dimensions:   Width: 19.30cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.826kg
ISBN:  

9780789334114


ISBN 10:   0789334119
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   26 September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Usefulness in Small Things (Rizzoli), by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of the minimally minded studio Industrial Facility, is a survey of inexpensive objects collected from around the globe by the designers--from the ultra-ubiquitous to the painfully clever. Surface Individual objects in the collection weren't conceived with the larger questions about design and art. Yes, these are things you use and throw away, things that are so hopelessly flawed, too. Presented as a whole, though, the collection is an interesting commentary on design--a though that makes you think, to use Hecht's phrase. dwell.com ...it packs a large punch. Metropolis Magazine It is the best sort of design book, a volume of original information and insight garnered from real world experiences. core77.com


Usefulness in Small Things (Rizzoli), by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of the minimally minded studio Industrial Facility, is a survey of inexpensive objects collected from around the globe by the designers--from the ultra-ubiquitous to the painfully clever. Surface Individual objects in the collection weren't conceived with the larger questions about design and art. Yes, these are things you use and throw away, things that are so hopelessly flawed, too. Presented as a whole, though, the collection is an interesting commentary on design--a though that makes you think, to use Hecht's phrase. dwell.com .. .it packs a large punch. Metropolis Magazine It is the best sort of design book, a volume of original information and insight garnered from real world experiences. core77.com


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Sam Hecht and Kim Colin are the founding principals of Industrial Facility, a design studio based in London whose clients include Muji, Herman Miller, Issey Miyake, Established and Sons, and Hitachi. Paul Smith is a fashion designer based in London. Deyan Sudjic is the director of the Design Museum in London.

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