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Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement Paperback – 17 Nov 2003

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"The simple placement of one object next to another takes on a deeper meaning in this thoughtful book. The author sees the display of 3-dimentional objects as having three essential components: Physicality, Abstraction and Integration. It sounds heavy, but the writing style is easy to follow. If you want to see where an original thinker can go with aesthetics and design, pick up this inspirational book." Country Almanac, Summer 2004 Issue

About the Author

Leonard Koren, who was trained as an artist and architect, writes books about design and aesthetics. Among his most popular books are WABI SABI: For Artists, Design, Poets & Philosophers and Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8ee089d8) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8da61eb8) out of 5 stars very good for the right audience 9 July 2010
By E.D.W. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is undoubtedly a niche book and not typical bedtime reading material. However, if you are someone who appreciates design from a critical perspective and are looking for resources to practice and compare your evaluation of a space with an expert, this is amazing. I also found immense value in the paintings, looking at the relationships, and then agreeing or disagreeing with the appropriateness of the framework that the author uses to evaluate each composition.

This is not a how-to book and the value of the book doesn't pretend to be its writing style. This is a resource that you pick up, skim to something interesting, and suddenly uncover something that you hadn't thought of before.

I love and recommend this book but only for a small subset of people. If you don't already have a bookshelf filled with design resources and evaluate design on a regular basis, then this probably isn't the book for you.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e78dbac) out of 5 stars Three Stars 1 Jan. 2015
By Carl Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting, but less refined and insightful than I had expected, given his earlier book on Wabi-Sabi.
6 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e78db70) out of 5 stars Not helpful. 21 Dec. 2008
By J.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book boring and unhelpful. I was looking for advice about how to arrange obects in a pleasing manner. I could not follow the prose.
I really did like "The Wabi Sabi House". It is a better investment.
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