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Stephen Bayley

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22 Nov 2002
This volume gathers Stephen Bayley's collected writings on design. Since the late 1970s, Bayley has advised Sir Terence Conran, created the influential Boilerhouse Project at the Victoria and Albert Museum, directed London's Design Museum and advised the Labour government. His journalism, although best known for covering taste and design in the widest meaning of the words, has also delved into a much wider range of issues related to popular culture, car culture, art and society. The book groups early academic pieces, essays from exhibition catalogues and book extracts with his better known lighter journalism to give a shaped overview of his writings as a coherent body of work that has grown around key themes. In doing so, the book also reveals the changing role of design in the past two decades from being the subject of purely professional interest to a mainstream interest and even a government concern. Bayley prefaces certain pieces with retrospective comments on their context and aftermath.

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This collection of writings by Stephen Bayley is a witty, courageous, and sometimes merciless commentary on style and culture in our post-war society. His interests are broad, covering the gamut from design (cars. coke bottles) to British post-war cooking to sex. And much more. He is a master of the written word, extremely quotable. Bayley's insights cut to the heart of the issue all the while using humor to make the blow more gentle. In fact he even pokes fun at himself from time to time.
The combination of scholarly research, astute observation and dark humor make this book a "must read" for the serious scholar of design. The rest of us will enjoy it and come away more informed about the consumer society in which we live.
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