Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design: 1924-Today (Hardcover)

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design: 1924-Today By Mateo Kries (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Tanja Cunz (Editor), Alex Coles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Mateo Kries (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Tanja Cunz (Editor), Alex Coles (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
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Surrealism's enduring impact on furniture design, fashion, advertising and beyond

One of the most influential art movements of the 20th century, surrealism expanded our artistic and quotidian reality by drawing upon myths, dreams and the subconscious as sources of artistic inspiration. The movement began in literature and art, but by the 1930s it was beginning to have an impact on design--an influence that continues to this day. The fascination was often mutual: surrealism opened design up to the realm of dreams, and design could introduce surrealism to the wider world. "I try to create fantastic things, magical things, things like in a dream," Salvador Dal said of his work. "The world needs more fantasy." Designers in fashion, furniture design, advertising, theater, film and architecture took up the call.

Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design is the first book to document this fascinating conversation. The publication includes numerous essays and a comprehensive selection of images which trace the reciprocal exchanges between surrealism and design by juxtaposing exemplary artworks and design objects.

Among the artists and designers featured in this volume are Gae Aulenti, Louise Bourgeois, Umberto and Fernando Campana, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dal , Marcel Duchamp, Frederick Kiesler, Ren Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Meret Oppenheim, Jerszy Seymour, and many others. Historical texts and short commentaries by contemporary designers round out the publication, putting the extravagant objects in context. In-depth yet appropriately fantastical, Objects of Desire makes one thing abundantly clear: form does not always follow function in design--it can also follow our obsessions, fantasies and hidden desires.--Adam Stech "Wallpaper*
Product Details
ISBN: 9783945852330
ISBN-10: 3945852331
Publisher: Vitra Design Museum
Publication Date: November 19th, 2019
Pages: 380
Language: English