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Objectivity: A Designer's Book of Curious Tools [Hardcover]

Thomas Heatherwick , David Usborne
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15 Feb 2010
This miscellany of mysterious objects celebrates the beauty of simple, useful things. If you have ever thatched a roof, measured a skull, stuffed a rabbit or walked on a whale, you may well recognize some of these tools. If you havent, but admire the work of, say, Miró, Duchamp and Cornell, you will appreciate these accidental masterpieces of the everyday. These are the tools of life, some developed according to our basic human needs, some for less obvious ends, still others from vanishing trades, yet all display a beauty and meaning beyond their function. There is something in these objects that will touch the designer, artist, inventor or collector in us all.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (15 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515013
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 21.8 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Surprisingly absorbing' --V&A Magazine

'From biscuit cutters and meat tenderisers to carpet beaters, Objectivity revels in their design beauty and functionality'
--Homes & Interiors Scotland

'A collection of intriguing tools... not just a hoard of esoterica'
--The World of Interiors

'A miscellany of mysterious objects that celebrate the pleasing form of simple, useful things ... stunningly photographed'
--Ceramic Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Objectivity 1 Dec 2012
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First of all, dear Amazon, this beautiful book is not by Thomas Heatherwick (who only wrote the Foreword) but by David Usborne who both owns all the unusual and curious tools illustrated here but also lovingly collected them.on his travels over many years. In his Introduction Usborne says that "Collecting has been described as a form of madness" and, if that is so, he reflects, it is interesting to note how many creative, apparently sane artists, writers and others have suffered from it. This book is a delight to look at, filled as it is with fascinating functional tools of all kinds and times that most of us probably have not encountered before; and each is beautiful and has a story to tell. It is an enthralling book and everyone should have one.and give it to friends..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Form equals Content equals Surrealism 24 Nov 2011
The author's collection of utilitarian objects takes us unexpectedly into a world of almost dreamlike fantasy. The idea of utility seems to us practical and down to earth but David Usborne's keen eye reveals that when form and function are resolutely indivisible, when originality is so complete, then ugliness or banality are impossible (though grotesquerie is not!). I've often lingered in high street ironmongers and hardware shops, mesmerised by a perfect brush or a divinely proportioned bucket. 'Objectivity' is the ultimate refinement of such a pursuit, surely the result of rummaging in odd corners over many years. Superb and unique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning - an all time favourite book! 4 April 2011
By Noel
This book ranks up there as one of my all time favourites! Whilst I browse continually, I only buy and collect books that leave me breathless - and this is one of the best! I saw it in a bookshop, and after 3 seconds skimming I'd made up my mind where it sat in my list of great books - right up with the best of them!!!! It's a book of largely old curious and unsual man made objects and tools, where the criteria of use and function is superceeded by the art, beauty and mystery of it's form.
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