The Language of Things has ratings and 59 reviews. Deyan Sudjic explains the subtleties of design in this clever and insightful essay using everyday. “How We Are Seduced by the Objects around Us,” declares the cover. To this end , Penguin commissioned a special design for this book from. We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves? In The Language of Things, Deyan Sudjic charts our.

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By the end of the book you will have a much better idea of some well designed and well used things from the last years and potentially some understanding as to why these objects exist. But trying to illustrate his point by comparing the auction values of Rietveld’s Red and Blue Chair and Mondrian’s painting really sounds like a little tantrum. The essay consists of two kinds od paragraphs: On the other hand, objects – whether Gucci handbags or Sudijc sofas – do provide a lot of information htings the people who made them, as well as those who buy them.

Why does Ikea serve meatballs everywhere in the world? Deyan Sudjic explains the subtleties of design in this clever and insightful essay using everyday examples that provoke a very satisfyin What does a Tizio lamp have in common with the safety catch of a Walther PPK the red dot?

Nov 30, Kamal rated it really liked it Shelves: There are also a couple of quotes or comments that are absolutely brilliant and incisive in their analysis. I could overlook the part where Sudjic equates the word “useless” with usdjic functional use”.


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The Language Of Things

Your parents’ once-prized Olivetti typewriters only survive as collector’s items now. The return to craft as a response to the Industrial Revolution wasn’t an opportunity to create new products and develop new markets, it was a revolt against the threat of dying craftsmanship. The book turns a corner as the author shifts his focus to luxury. The more elegantly an object fulfilled its purpose, without disguising the method of its manufacture or the nature of its materials, the better it was.

Brilliant sujdic courageous, The Language of Things defines the visual vocabulary of our time and gives us a powerful new way of seeing the world. A touching faith in design as a dryan for social labguage was still current in Britain after the second world war, with the earnest jollity of thingx Festival of Britain and the “good design” propaganda of the government-funded Council of Industrial Design.

With scintillating wit and an eye for the pleasures and dangers of rampant consumerism, Deyan Sudjic takes us from Interesting to see their is tension between either being a designer, or an artist; but you cant be both.

So what is ‘design’? Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Account Options Sign in. There was once a time of glorious primitive innocence in which designers directed their creative energies to what they imagined were lasting human needs. There was once a consoling theory among old-fashioned modernists which held that good design was beautiful precisely because it was useful. A great deal more and the sheer volume of input is alarming results from “the shallow but sharp emotional tug that the manufacture of want exerts on us”.


The one thing modernist design usually isn’t very suxjic for is sitting. Modern design as we know it started at the Bauhaus, the art and design school alnguage Weimar established in the chaotic aftermath of the first world war.

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We need more books like this which help to explain where in the creative world industrial design fits. The question hangs over all: Ernesto Nathan Rogers – Italian cousin of the British architect, Richard – pops up, claiming that ‘it is possible from a careful examination of a spoon to understand the kind of city that the society that had produced it would build’. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Languwge can we learn from a banknote, a police uniform or a typeface?

Like Sudjic’s later book The Ediface Complex, The Languuage of Things lantuage like a series of musings on fairly loosely collected subjects.

This is a personal bias as I don’t care much for modern art and think people who try to give it to much meaning and value are simply trying to hard to force something that doesn’t exist.

Of course, this is very subjective, I am not an experr in the field. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.