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Cut and Shut: The History of Creative Salvage Hardcover – 1 Sep 2012


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"It comes from London and it comes from the music business. You take different influences and you meld them together and you make it up as you go along. There's no formal training in rock and roll. People learn themselves and they teach each other." Tom Dixon. Illustrated by a huge archive of previously unpublished images, with a cover designed by Ben Kelly, and including interviews with Ron Arad, Mark Brazier-Jones, Tom Dixon, André Dubreuil, Danny Lane, Jon Mills and Joe Rush this is the account of some of the most anarchic furniture design ever produced. Those involved relate how the emergent hip hop culture encountered when Funkapolitan supported The Clash in New York inspired bassist Tom Dixon and singer Nick Jones to launch the first Hop Hop night in London. When the crowd grew too big for the Language Lab, they put on parties in pirated buildings across London. Cars being chopped by Mark Brazier-Jones provided the light show, crashing the fuel-spewing wrecks the entertainment. These demolition derbies also sparked the idea to weld one tonne of scrap metal into furniture, From illegal parties in the North Venice bus garage to the Venice Biennale, via the Notting Hill Carnival to a gig at Manchester's Hacienda - and a stop at Buckingham Palace to collect an OBE for services to design: this is the history of Creative Salvage.

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