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What everyone's saying about An Atlas of Es Devlin

Posted on 21 Nov 2023

From The New York Times to Vogue, the reviews are in for Es Devlin's experiential publication, spanning 30 years of her genre-defying career.

Es Devlin’s first monographic museum exhibition is now open at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, with her 30-year archive installed across the third floor of the museum. This follows last month’s publication of An Atlas of Es Devlin, an experiential publication encompassing art, activism, theatre, poetry, music, dance, opera and sculpture across Devlin’s genre-defying practice.

Read on below to see what the biggest outlets have been saying about the book.

‘Modern Britain’s answer to Leonardo da Vinci’
Sunday Times

‘Category-defying… An exquisitely produced and immersive artwork in itself, containing photographs, texts, foldouts, pullouts, translucent overlays and cutout pages that reflect the intricacy and imaginative extent of Devlin’s processes, from concept to final iteration’
The New York Times

‘Sculptural … as much art object as art book, the 900-page tome gorgeously layers stories and interviews, pull-outs of sketches, playing with cut-outs over images as it maps each set from concept to realisation’

‘An exquisitely designed gift book that keeps giving. Nine hundred pages open to offer fold-out sculptures, fragile little paintings, paper cuts, mechanical models, mirrors. They distil in miniature the genre-bending kinetic creations of the artist and designer who has set the stage for Beyoncé and Adele; experimental opera and the London Olympics; Trevor Nunn and AI poetry recitals’
Jackie Wullschlager, Best Books of the Year, Financial Times

‘Hefty, multitextured … an interactive physical experience, requiring the reader to unfold sections, overlay others, skim and delve. Devlin’s aim with her work is “to restructure the human imagination”, and this book is part of that project … Amazement is her modus operandi – “The role of artists is to amaze people into changing their minds” – but she always returns to the primary text for her inspiration. Now she has created a primary text that will serve as inspiration for the rest of us’
Times LUXX

‘The book reads like one of [Devlin’s] stage sets; that is to say, it’s an experience. Featuring cutouts, foldouts, various paper types and sizes, mirrors, and other materials, the 900-plus-page book shows Devlin is more than a set designer for flashy pop stars but also an artist, a sculptor, a poet, and an activist’
Fast Company

‘[Devlin’s] smallest-scale but most personal project to date … Part-memoir, part-monograph, the volume comprises her life story, favourite creations and conversations with collaborators including Virgil Abloh, Carlos Rovelli and Pharrell Williams, alongside exercises for the reader. There are shapes to cut out, pages to unfold, annotated scripts to read and mirrors to see yourself in’

Our first print run of An Atlas of Es Devlin has sold out in record time and we are currently reprinting. Further copies will become available in December. If you would like to receive an alert when the book is back in stock, please email: