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Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools

David Usborne

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'Celebrates the pleasing form of simple, useful things … stunningly photographed' Ceramic Review


This miscellany of mysterious objects celebrates the beauty of simple, useful things. 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, other anonymous implements of simpler cultures, but all have been chosen for their intriguing functions and their elegant, suggestive forms.

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'From biscuit cutters and meat tenderisers to carpet beaters, 'Objectivity' revels in their design beauty and functionality'
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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 20.8 x 20.8 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Illustrations: 388

Publication date: 15 February 2010

ISBN: 9780500515013

Contents List

Foreword • Introduction • Hitting • Cutting • Gripping • Holding Rubbing • Shielding • Moulding • Spreading • Testing

About the Author

David Usborne is a London-based architect.

Thomas Heatherwick, winner of countless international design awards, is Honorary Fellow, RIBA; Senior Fellow, Royal College of Art; and was the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (2006).

List of Contributors

Thomas Heatherwick