Furnish is a new book from Die Gestalten Verlag which concentrates on the boundaries between different design disciplines where technology, graphic design and high-tech production processes plays an important part. The book documents recent work by designers, artists and architects that shows how they are using furniture in pioneering ways: as environment, as art object, as digital-organic growth, as mutation or as insertion. It is for sure some cutting-edge examples that are covering the pages of the book. Examples of the ongoing convergence between art and design.
I have been touching this subject in my different reports from the recent Milan Furniture and there is one question that comes to my mind – can everything be called design? What is art and what is design? If design is a visualisation of a business strategy, an industrial process so to say, could it then be art at the same time? It is a very interesting subject and I will soon return to it. The battle between rationalism and surrealism surely continues.
In a chapter of the book about customisation, as a way of giving individuality and uniqueness to everyday objects, there is a nice quote of Nicholas Cage from the David Lynch movie Wild at heart.
Sailor: “Hey, my snakeskin jacket… Thanks, baby: Did I ever tell you that this here jacket for me is a symbol of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom?”
The book Furnish will give you a fresh look into the world of design and it is has a nice collection of images. The text is written by Sophie Lovell. Furnish is available from Amazon book store through this link. You will find some nice creative spreads from the book below.
All pictures from the Furnish book is copyright Die Gestalten Verlag 2007.
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