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Humble Masterpieces: 100 Everyday Marvels of Design [Paperback]

Paola Antonelli
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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13 Mar 2006
This colourful visual feast features 100 humble masterpieces of design, those small objects we use daily â from tea bags to paperclips to hairpins â without which life would be unthinkable. Each object is portrayed in closeup detail with a brisk and informative text on its origin and special design features, as well as a silhouette image of the object as we usually see it. Certain to appeal to a broad audience, this book celebrates our everyday lives in an all-new way.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (13 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500286035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500286036
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 18.5 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Charming' --The Financial Times

'An intriguing read - and will make you see so many 'humdrum' objects in a whole new light' --City Living

'Armed with this book, anyone can develop a deeper aesthetic appreciation of the everyday' --Blueprint

'A cute take on the conventional hefty design tome'

About the Author

Paola Antonelli is curator of the Department of Design and Architecture at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was recently ranked among the top 100 most powerful people in the world of art.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly interesting, a great coffee table book 10 Feb 2013
By Holly
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As I have said in the title, this book really is very interesting, and a great talking piece. I am an art student who studies design, and it really is a fresh book to read, not overloading you with information, and easy to flick through. It really is interesting as well.
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By Tom
Well we haven't. There are lots of things we don't miss till we've used the last one. Like paper clips, light bulbs or tea bags. Everyday things which are so every day that we don't conceive of them as never being there. Paola Antonelli has. Using some things as representatives of a group and others as individual ideas he has compressed a course in design and designers into this small tribute to both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating microscopic trivia 13 Sep 2008
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100 designs ranging over centuries from the boomerang to bubble wrap. Unusual angle and close-up photos together with text full of fascinating details and humour. Highly recomended
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2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Books 7 Jun 2009
Sounded interesting, but wasn't. Suspect I fell for some great marketing. It quickly gathered dust until I 'donated' it to the Charity Shop.
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