• En croisant l'approche biographique et la forme de l'essai, ce livre donne une vision à la fois technique et accessible de l'histoire du design, à travers les yeux de l'un de ses plus grands critiques, Deyan Sudjic, directeur du Design Museum de Londres. Sans être un dictionnaire, B comme Bauhaus donne une définition érudite, bien que décalée, de notions allant d'Authenticité à Zip. Ce livre n'est pas non plus une autobiographie, même s'il offre une vision de l'intérieur, révélatrice et très personnelle de l'histoire contemporaine du design et de l'architecture.
    B comme Bauhaus est un guide essentiel pour comprendre le monde qui nous entoure. Les objets abordés par cet ouvrage condensent nombre de problématiques qui ont rythmé l'histoire du design.
    /> L'auteur en donne les clefs de compréhension de façon à la fois technique et critique, au travers de ces objets qui font aujourd'hui partie de l'imaginaire commun, comme le fauteuil Lounge des Eames ou l'Unité d'Habitation de Le Corbusier. Collecter, inventorier, classer, ces gestes humains sont ici détournés par le prisme de l'expérience personnelle.
    Deyan Sudjic nous parle de ce qui fait d'un Warhol une authentique copie, de la création des identités nationales, de l'obsession de la collection. Il parle aussi de la vision de la ville depuis le rétroviseur de Grand Theft Auto V, des ornementations numériques et des raisons pour lesquelles nous accordons de la valeur à l'imperfection.
    Ce livre parle des décors des films de Hitchcock et de la création des logotypes de Levis et de Coca-Coca, bref, de ce qui a créé l'univers de la mode, de la technologie, du design et du design graphique au XXIe siècle.

  • Le langage des objets

    Deyan Sudjic

    Le design est partout.
    Les objets nous accompagnent en toutes circonstances et nous séduisent, nous inspirent, nous intriguent. Deyan Sudjic, directeur du Design Museum, livre dans cet essai une réflexion critique et pleine d'humour sur le design et son rôle. Il décode les mécanismes à l'oeuvre dans la séduction exercée par un meuble, un équipement électronique, un vêtement... Il revient sur les événements clés de l'histoire du design industriel, sur ses relations avec le monde de l'art, et n'hésite pas à égratigner au passage des figures iconiques de la discipline ! Truffé de références historiques et d'exemples du quotidien, le texte de Deyan Sudjic offre avec simplicité et pertinence une manière inédite de comprendre le monde qui nous entoure et la société de consommation dans laquelle nous vivons.

  • The Edifice Complex explores the intimate and inextricable relationship between power, money and architecture in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with grand designs? From Blair to Mitterrand, from Hitler to Stalin to Saddam Hussein, architecture has become an end in itself, as well as a means to an end. This is a book of genuine timeliness, throwing new light on the motivations of the rich and powerful around the world - and on the ways they seek to affect us.

  • A biography of Lord Foster, one of the world's foremost architects, written with his full co-operation. Norman Foster is a phenomenon - as an architect, but also as an individual. He is responsible for a dozen or more of the most recognisable buildings of the last thirty years. Under his driven leadership, what is now called Foster and Partners has grown to an international firm with almost 1,000 employees, building astonishing constructions all over the world.

    Deyan Sudjic explores the nature of the impact that he has had on architecture, and on the contemporary city. It traces his remarkable journey from the backstreets of Manchester, the determination with which he has built a global architectural practice, and his huge creative impact on what we see around us.

    Amongst many other buildings, Norman Foster is responsible for the design of Beijing's new airport, one of the world's largest, for the Rossiya tower in Moscow, in contention to be the tallest skyscraper in Europe until the credit crunch killed it, for one of the towers at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and for a crop of new towers in London. He designed the Reichstag, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banks headquarters in London and China, the new Wembley stadium and the British Museum's new court.

    Deyan Sudjic's insightful and elegantly written biography charts the remarkable life of one of the world's most influential architectural figures.

  • This book is not a dictionary, though it tells you all you need know about everything from Authenticity to Zips. It's not an autobiography, though it does offer a revealing and highly personal inside view of contemporary culture.

    It's an essential tool kit for understanding the modern world. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect. It's also about the world seen from the rear view mirror of Grand Theft Auto V; digital ornament and why we value imperfection. It's about drinking a bruisingly dry martini in Adolf Loo's American bar in Vienna, and about Hitchcock's film sets. It's about fashion and technology, about politics and art.

  • A tool kit, done in A-Z form, for understanding the world around us through the way we design and use things. Covering subjects that range from authenticity to Grand Theft Auto to Dieter Rams, Deyan Sudjic's latest book has been called "a master class in musing on modern design." Though it is organized in A-Z format, it is not a dictionary or an encyclopedia in the strictest sense. Rather, it is an essential tool kit for understanding the world through emblematic examples, both historic and contemporary, from the field of design. In stand-alone chapters, Sudjic explores concepts as a whole, specific movements, or specific objects and people. The result is a kaleidoscopic view of the profound way in which design--both good and bad--has colored the modern world and influenced our interactions with popular culture. Woven throughout are surprisingly nostalgic remembrances and intensely personal perspectives on a life in design by someone who clearly lives and breathes it. Sudjic demonstrates not only a passion for the subject, but also an ability to illuminate what is most inspiring and intriguing about the way we create.

  • The Edifice Complex explores the intimate and inextricable relationship between power, money and architecture in the twentieth century. How and why have presidents, prime ministers, mayors, millionaires and bishops come to share such a fascination with grand designs? From Blair to Mitterrand, from Hitler to Stalin to Saddam Hussein, architecture has become an end in itself, as well as a means to an end. This is a book of genuine timeliness, throwing new light on the motivations of the rich and powerful around the world - and on the ways they seek to affect us.

  • Shiro Kuramata

    Deyan Sudjic

    Shiro Kuramata (1934-91) was a truly exceptional designer of furniture and interiors. Many of his poetic, precise and unique pieces, like the expanded-metal-mesh How High the Moon Armchair and the acrylic, aluminium and paper-flower Miss Blanche Chair, are still highly prized, collected by museums like MoMA and the V&A and sold at auction. Sadly, however, most of the hundreds of interiors he designed no longer exist, and can only be glimpsed in photographs or described by those who saw them.

    This combination of the precious and the disappeared is appropriate for a designer like Kuramata, whose work was neither modern nor nostalgic, neither western nor Asian, but which has a remarkable creative power as well as a sense of endless invention. This compelling and highly influential work is documented here in this beautiful monograph.

  • Iittala Nouv.

    The first book to comprehensively document the 140-year history and influence of Finland's legendary product design brand.

    Iittala is a world-renowned master of Finnish design, producing objects that are as timeless and beautiful as they are essential. Here, for the first time, products and images from different decades are brought together to document the company's growth dynamically from a small glass workshop in a remote village to one of the design world's most recognisable brands.
    The result: a lavishly illustrated chronicle of Iittala's fabulous designs, progressive philosophies, and unique working methods

  • Anglais The Edifice Complex

    Sudjic Deyan

    A provocative look at architecture-"exceptionally intelligent and original" (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World) Deyan Sudjic-"probably the most influential figure in architecture you've never heard of" - argues that architecture, far from being auteur art, must be understood as a naked expression of power. From the grandiose projects of Stalin and Hitler to the "theme park" excess of today's presidential libraries, Sudjic goes behind the scenes of history's great manipulators of building propaganda-and exposes Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, and other architects in a disturbing new light. This controversial book is essential reading for all those interested in the power of architecture-or the architecture of power.
    * A Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year

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