Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Modernist Design in Our Time

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In Chasing the Perfect writer/designer Natalia Ilyin delivers her astute, incisive, and humorous observations on design and the world it has molded. According to Ilyin, "Modern design is based on deeply idealist notions, and its inherent perfectionism has dovetailed beautifully with our commodity-based economy's need to keep people itching so that they will buy things and keep the society chugging along. I began Chasing the Perfect because I started to become aware of this collusion, this silent pressure that a ...
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Overview

In Chasing the Perfect writer/designer Natalia Ilyin delivers her astute, incisive, and humorous observations on design and the world it has molded. According to Ilyin, "Modern design is based on deeply idealist notions, and its inherent perfectionism has dovetailed beautifully with our commodity-based economy's need to keep people itching so that they will buy things and keep the society chugging along. I began Chasing the Perfect because I started to become aware of this collusion, this silent pressure that a language of design based in perfectionism had brought to bear on how I developed as a person."

Chasing the Perfect is especially relevant in our times as interest in graphic, industrial, and architectural design moves more and more into mainstream culture. Each of the 10 chapters features Ilyin's accessible and often hilarious writing, which is highlighted with a broad range of images--some quite unexpected--from the designed world around us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933045214
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,010,687
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

The no-draw rule 1
The love bucket 19
Browsing the tome 29
Home, perfect home 39
Doing penance 55
Goodbye to sadness 69
No sofas 83
Dodos in fleeceland 93
The Mandala 105
Tanya and Marinka 111
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Thoroughly engaging and thought provoking to architects and designers, career challenging, couldn't put it down.......

    I found myself re-examing my personal and professional attitudes, premises and goals, in a healthy and helpful way. I will read this book again.......and again. There is much packed into this book in a carefully crafted way that mixes in a concise fashion the best design criticism with personal experience. This book is unique in the field of design.

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