Modern Living Accessories (English, French and German Edition)

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9783848000418: Modern Living Accessories (English, French and German Edition)

Many of the design objects included in Modern Living Accessories are famous design classics, such as Pietro Chiesa’s vase Cartoccio (1932), or outstanding creations by Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkalas from the late 1960s and early 1970s up to Jaime Hayon’s and his Cristal Candy series (2009) for Baccarat. This comprehensive sourcebook features them beautifully, with full descriptions of their historic relevance and design excellence.

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Fremdkörper, a design studio in Potsdam, Germany, was founded by Andrea Mehlhose and Martin Wellner in 1996. After showcasing designs several European furniture and accessory design fairs promoting young and emerging designers, they were invited to participate in international exhibits in Belgium, France, Italy, USA, Germany, and Japan.In addition to commissioned projects to corporate, product, and graphic design, they work on their own designs, which aim to creatively break with traditional expectations. In keeping with this intention, Fremdkörper presents an overview of 150 years of furniture history, in which well-known design icons can be found alongside commonplace and avant-garde pieces.

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"Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design"

by Mark Thompson, National Editor, Style & Travel at Edge Media Network
Published by H.F. Ullmann, "Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design" presents a retrospective of the most important developments and highlights in design of the past 100 years.
One of the most extraordinary design museums we ever witnessed belonged to an octogenarian who had spent the final sixty years of his life in a floor-through apartment in Manhattan's renowned River House.
If you live long enough, you accrue enough possessions to mark the changes in design, decade by decade. Our homes become repositories of each decade's design trends, so that by the time we're eighty, we're living in a design museum, with bits and pieces from the continuum of design history.
Arranged in reverse chronology, the book's table of contents starts with 2011 and moves backwards in time to the year 1900. Each decade in the table of contents is marked by a particular design achievement, such as Philippe Starck's juice sculpture in the Nineties, the lava lamp for the Sixties, and the television for the Fifties. George Nelson's Wallclocks are icons of the Forties, while Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase marks the Thirties.
Throughout the 512-page book, concise texts complement the photographs of the various design accessories. Incisive essays by respected design historians chart the history and evolution of the global design industry.
The design tome opens with an homage to Hector Serrano's "Natura Jars" (2011), a recycled glass collection in brilliant jewel tones that utilizes cork and glass to evoke wine bottles, while also nodding to the sustainability of today's best designs.
A light sculpture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec called "Lighthouse" (2010) evokes the craftsmanship of Murano glass blowers, marrying artisan tradition to modern manufacturing technology.
Jaime Hayon's "Crystal Candy" series (2009) for Baccarat, the venerable French luxury crystal maker, are objets d'art with narratives associated with their anthropomorphic shapes, which is in keeping with Hayon's habit of wearing a pink bunny suit at the commencement of his career.
With its Pee Wee's Playhouse color palette, Marc Newsom's "Dish Doctor" (1998) looks more fanciful than practical - and yet, the dish stand is remarkably functional, thanks to flexible matchstick fingers that hold the dishes while allowing them to drip water into the basin.
Few design accessories have been more scrutinized and debated than Philippe Starck's "Juicy Salif" for Alessi. Released in 1990, the lemon squeezer, which recalled Ridley Scott's "Alien" mother or, at the very least, E.B. White's Charlotte, was functional when absolutely necessary, although a decided majority of buyers purchased "Juicy Salif" for its sculptural qualities and its propensity to validate the good taste of those who placed it in a minimalist and sleekly-designed stainless steel kitchen.
Certainly one of the most recognizable masterpieces of 20th-century design is Pietro Chiesa's vase "Cartoccio No. 2029" (1932). The undulating folds of Chiesa's wavy paper bag vase are every bit as mesmerizing today, eighty years after its creation.
The cover photo of Alessi's 1983 "kettle 9091" by Richard Sapper (which whistles its pitch pipes in the notes "E" and "B") harks back to the 1924 silver-and-ebony teapot of Marianne Brandt, the German designer, sculptor, photographer, and art teacher who was the most illustrious female associated with the male-dominated Bauhaus.
Brandt's designs for ashtrays, tea and coffee services, and other household objects were, subsequently, recognized as the best of Bauhaus design and, as the authors attest, "the harbinger of modern industrial design." In 2007, one of Brandt's teapots sold at auction for a record-breaking $361,000.
The editors, Martin Wellner and Andrea Mehlhose, alias Fremdkörper, are the authors of another H.F. Ullmann publication "Modern Furniture" (2009). International design consultants in the fields of interior design, exhibition design, corporate identity, and graphic design, Fremdkörper established their own design studio 1996 in Cologne.
As the book makes abundantly clear, good design is timeless and a wander through "Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design" is likely to open your eyes to your own home. Invest wisely; good design holds its value.
"Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design"

by Mark Thompson
Published by H.F. Ullmann, "Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design" presents a retrospective of the most important developments and highlights in design of the past 100 years.
One of the most extraordinary design museums we ever witnessed belonged to an octogenarian who had spent the final sixty years of his life in a floor-through apartment in Manhattan's renowned River House.
If you live long enough, you accrue enough possessions to mark the changes in design, decade by decade. Our homes become repositories of each decade's design trends, so that by the time we're eighty, we're living in a design museum, with bits and pieces from the continuum of design history.
Arranged in reverse chronology, the book's table of contents starts with 2011 and moves backwards in time to the year 1900. Each decade in the table of contents is marked by a particular design achievement, such as Philippe Starck's juice sculpture in the Nineties, the lava lamp for the Sixties, and the television for the Fifties. George Nelson's Wallclocks are icons of the Forties, while Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase marks the Thirties.
Throughout the 512-page book, concise texts complement the photographs of the various design accessories. Incisive essays by respected design historians chart the history and evolution of the global design industry.
The design tome opens with an homage to Hector Serrano's "Natura Jars" (2011), a recycled glass collection in brilliant jewel tones that utilizes cork and glass to evoke wine bottles, while also nodding to the sustainability of today's best designs.
A light sculpture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec called "Lighthouse" (2010) evokes the craftsmanship of Murano glass blowers, marrying artisan tradition to modern manufacturing technology.
Jaime Hayon's "Crystal Candy" series (2009) for Baccarat, the venerable French luxury crystal maker, are objets d'art with narratives associated with their anthropomorphic shapes, which is in keeping with Hayon's habit of wearing a pink bunny suit at the commencement of his career.
With its Pee Wee's Playhouse color palette, Marc Newsom's "Dish Doctor" (1998) looks more fanciful than practical - and yet, the dish stand is remarkably functional, thanks to flexible matchstick fingers that hold the dishes while allowing them to drip water into the basin.
Few design accessories have been more scrutinized and debated than Philippe Starck's "Juicy Salif" for Alessi. Released in 1990, the lemon squeezer, which recalled Ridley Scott's "Alien" mother or, at the very least, E.B. White's Charlotte, was functional when absolutely necessary, although a decided majority of buyers purchased "Juicy Salif" for its sculptural qualities and its propensity to validate the good taste of those who placed it in a minimalist and sleekly-designed stainless steel kitchen.
Certainly one of the most recognizable masterpieces of 20th-century design is Pietro Chiesa's vase "Cartoccio No. 2029" (1932). The undulating folds of Chiesa's wavy paper bag vase are every bit as mesmerizing today, eighty years after its creation.
The cover photo of Alessi's 1983 "kettle 9091" by Richard Sapper (which whistles its pitch pipes in the notes "E" and "B") harks back to the 1924 silver-and-ebony teapot of Marianne Brandt, the German designer, sculptor, photographer, and art teacher who was the most illustrious female associated with the male-dominated Bauhaus.
Brandt's designs for ashtrays, tea and coffee services, and other household objects were, subsequently, recognized as the best of Bauhaus design and, as the authors attest, "the harbinger of modern industrial design." In 2007, one of Brandt's teapots sold at auction for a record-breaking $361,000.
The editors, Martin Wellner and Andrea Mehlhose, alias Fremdkörper, are the authors of another H.F. Ullmann publication "Modern Furniture" (2009). International design consultants in the fields of interior design, exhibition design, corporate identity, and graphic design, Fremdkörper established their own design studio 1996 in Cologne.
As the book makes abundantly clear, good design is timeless and a wander through "Modern Living Accessories: 100 Years of Design" is likely to open your eyes to your own home. Invest wisely; good design holds its value.
by Mark Thompson, EDGE coverage

"certain to provide interior designers, design students and anyone interest in functional art a visual feast"
MODERN LIVING ACCESSORIES ISBN-13: 978-3848000418
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By Sandy Amazeen
>From the ultra trendy to the absurd and everything in between, at five hundred eleven pages, this impressive volume serves up an encompassing look at household accessories over the past hundred years. There is an absolutely stunning, completely useless and very expensive ceramic rhinoceros as well as the iconic lava lamp, glasses that change motifs when filled, an impressive if bizarre horse lamp, graceful vases along with nearly anything else you can imagine and more then a few you can't. The timeline of accessories provides an interesting view of the differences and similarities of design aesthetics over the past one hundred years. Top-notch color photography accompanied by spare descriptions, this three-language celebration of those little extras is certain to provide interior designers, design students and anyone interest in functional art a visual feast.

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