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Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design (A+D)by Zoe Ryan
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The hip, functional, and versatile furniture and products of Konstantin Grcicand#151;widely recognized as one of the most important designers working todayand#151;are transforming the landscape of contemporary design. This book accompanies the first exhibition in North America of Grcicand#8217;s work, highlighting the innovative archetypes of form and concept that have marked his remarkable output since 2004.
Grcic delights in creating fresh takes on familiar industrial objects, whether desks, chairs, benches, stools, a range of kitchen equipment, lamps, a set of salad servers, or Krups coffee makers. In his recent work, he has blended his characteristic simplicity and distinctiveness with the use of new technologies and materialsand#151;for example, a cantilevered stacking chair, Myto (2008), is made from a strong, fluid plastic typically used by the automotive industry.
The first in-depth analysis of the stunning designs of one of the worldandrsquo;s most captivating and prominent architects
This publication presents the extraordinary, wide-ranging work of one of todayandrsquo;s most captivating and prominent figures in international architecture and design.
Born in Tanzania, David Adjaye (b. 1966) is rapidly emerging as a major international figure in architecture and designandmdash;and this stunning catalogue serves only to cement his role as one of the most important architects of our time. His expanding portfolio of important civic architecture, public buildings, and urban planning commissions spans Europe, the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He transforms complex ideas and concepts into approachable and innovative structures that respond to the geographical, ecological, technological, engineering, economic, and cultural systems that shape the practice of global architecture. The publication of this compendium of work and essays coincides with the scheduled opening of Adjayeandrsquo;s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Adjayeandrsquo;s completed work in the United States includes the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, a pair of public libraries in D.C., and several private residences. He is also known for his collaborations with artists, most recently with the British painter Chris Ofili (b. 1968).
Following an introduction by Zoandeuml; Ryan, Adjaye writes on his current and future work, with subsequent essays by an extraordinary cadre of architectural scholars on Adjayeandrsquo;s master plans and urban planning, transnational architecture, monuments and memorials, and, finally, the forthcoming museum in D.C. Portfolios of Adjayeandrsquo;s work thread throughout this comprehensive volume.
About the Author
Zoand#235; Ryan is the Neville Bryan Curator of Design in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago.
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