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B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World

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    Deyan Sudjic(Author)

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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 world around us. It's about what makes a Warhol a genuine fake; the creation of national identities; the mania to collect. It's also about the city as 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 the modern world of fashion, technology,design and art.

Born in London, Deyan Sudjic studied architecture in Edinburgh, edited Domus in Milan, was the director of the Venice architecture biennale, and a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. The author of The Language of Things and The Edifice Complex, Deyan Sudjic is now Director of the Design Museum, London.

A memoir and a master class in musing on modern design . . . It's a collection of thoughtful, absorbing essays about many aspects of modern design, a subject nobody writes better about than Sudjic . . . There are many rewarding pieces here on subjects ranging from the genius of Dieter Rams, the beauty of the Jumbo jet, the success of Ikea, the troubled concept of authenticity, and the contradictions of Leon Krier, to the development of the zip and the end of the typewriter and the analogue camera (London Evening Standard)

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Book details

  • PDF | 480 pages
  • Deyan Sudjic(Author)
  • Particular Books; 01 edition (27 Mar. 2014)
  • English
  • 3
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By Peter Offley on 20 May 2014

    Bauhaus for those who only considered it to be a name - the book is excellent also has the ability to be picked up and find any topic to be of great interest

  • By Tiger on 26 July 2015

    A collection of essays on design history, ideas, characters and the author's own experiences - mainly focusing on Bauhaus and modernist design as its central reference point. It's not supposed to be a text book, but a series of thoughts from someone who has had a career curating design and thinking about its ideas and history. I was unfamiliar with most of the people and ideas discussed. Sudjic is warm hearted and hopeful about design and its aims and aspirations. When he has cause to disagree with something or someone (e.g. Charles Jencks and the postmodernists) he does it in a generous spirit. This is an important subject, and as well as the more systematic discussions, these types of personal reflections are great.

  • By nad on 6 June 2014

    Very well written, enjoyed it on Radio 4 when I heard it so I got the book so I could read it all, then passed it on to my husband who also thought it was a good read.

  • By Jacqueline on 18 May 2014

    Having heard extracts of this book on the radio I decided to follow it up. As an artist/designer/teacher I found it offered a fresh, lively, highly personal take on many aspects of the world of art and design. A book to dip into rather than reading in one go. Well worth buying.

  • By Sammy on 5 May 2015

    B is for Bauhaus... G is for GTA which was obviously paid to be in the book considering Rockstar was mentioned every other sentance... To the writer of you want a "cultural and historical game" try assassins creed not Grand Theft Auto... Nice try though.

  • By washerwoman on 22 April 2014

    This is a witty, elegant, maverick survey of various aspects of design and contemporary culture from Authenticity to Zips, via Grand Theft Auto and Chairs.

  • By PeterNigel on 18 June 2014

    A refreshing approach to the subject. No pretentious nonsense, similarly no erudition for erudition's sake. An easy to read style that can be treated as a coffee table book in that it is easily accessible by dropping into for short reads. This allows contemplation of the subject without brain numbing intellectual contortions. I found it interesting, thoughtfully relaxing - perhaps even intellectually therapeutic.

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