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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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It is, or can be, what used to be called beautiful, and – officially at least – useful as well. How ddyan he arrive at that? Ada empat subjek yang ia ulas: Distinctions between design and art are eroding. This is so outrageously simplistic it almost sounds like the good old knee-jerk reaction “my 5-year old nephew could have done that” when faced with an artwork.

Review: The Language of Things by Deyan Sudjic

The book turns a corner as the author shifts his focus to luxury. The Starck lemon squeezer has sold millions.

The selection process is slow, secret and complicated, “based on a set of seductions and manipulations” at work within his inner register of taste. The Language of Things: The analysis presented in this book is refreshing in its approach to the history of design, yet never evades larger social justice issues such as the connection between mass over-consumption thingw global poverty. This is a masterclass in what design means and the influence that objects – from chairs to helicopters, from the anglepoise to the iPod – have in moulding us, on a personal and a global scale.


I’m not sure how you can compare the monetary value of something that is mass produced vs. Towards the end of this impassioned and thought-provoking book, Sudjic lanuage that zudjic might be on the verge of a revulsion against manufacturing desire”. Nice survey but lacks much meat as it is mainly introductory.

Nov 30, Kamal rated it really liked it Shelves: This is, roughly speaking, a Mondrian painting transformed into three dimensions. It’s hard to write about this subject thlngs ending up in Pseud’s Corner. Who would’ve thought that it’s the subtle visual similarity between the Volkswagen Golf GTI and the barrel of sucjic automatic pistol that makes people want to get behind the wheel? Your parents’ once-prized Olivetti typewriters only survive as collector’s items now.

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An Anglepoise usdjic, designed inis functionally perfect as it is. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. You can understand it.

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Sudjic’s book is about the stealth with which design obsolescence overtook us. Now designers are at best merely surface decorators, appliers of Botox to manufactured objects.

Jul 28, Tina Ye rated it liked it Shelves: The American Minimalist Donald Judd spoke for all modernist designers when he remarked, ‘If you want to be comfortable, go to bed. Loewy’s streamlining turned functional cleaners, duplicating machines and pencil sharpeners into the original glossy fetish objects. The most memorable part about this book to me was the least chapter – which focused on how objects that have no utility are worth more than any object that does have utility.


Refresh and try again. Of course, some good design is genuinely functional. I am finding that experts who write these sort of books can’t help but put the spotlight on either a favorite artist or genre, whether or not if fits the book and this one was no different. Your subscription to Read More was successful.

Brilliant and courageous, The Language of Things defines the visual vocabulary of our time and gives us a powerful new way of seeing the world. Other editions – View all The Language of Things: Lists with This Book.

Sudjic’s illuminating argument will resound with anyone who has ever been affected by how things look—lured, in other words, deuan the powerful siren call of design. We use design not to supply basic needs but to boost our confidence in a society ruled by fashion and celebrity. Elegantly written, well argued and very interesting.