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The New York Times calls Bruce Mau "one of the most creative minds at work in design today," and Life Style is the first book to fully explore his creative process, document his studio practice, and offer up his perceptive, thought-provoking, and often playful statements about the trends that influence today's design culture. This power-packed combo of hundreds of images and scores of essays is at once manifesto and monograph, an absolutely vital addition to the libraries of anyone working in-or simply fascinated...
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Overview

The New York Times calls Bruce Mau "one of the most creative minds at work in design today," and Life Style is the first book to fully explore his creative process, document his studio practice, and offer up his perceptive, thought-provoking, and often playful statements about the trends that influence today's design culture. This power-packed combo of hundreds of images and scores of essays is at once manifesto and monograph, an absolutely vital addition to the libraries of anyone working in-or simply fascinated by-the global marketplace. Added bonus: it's available in a variety of colors!
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Editorial Reviews

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Through images and essays, Life Style offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of the celebrated designer Bruce Mau. Would-be and fellow designers will no doubt consider the book a must-have, but even those not creatively inclined will find it an insightful look at the ever-increasing impact design of every stripe has on our lives.
Architectural Record
The bible of Bruce Mau...Mau questions his own methods of practice, which is refreshing and allows readers to question as well: To what extent does culture shape design? To what extent is design shaping culture? And at what point, if any, do design and culture blur? In Life Style, we get to know Mau, his work, and his process a rare feat for a book. Even if you've been to places designed by Mau or read publications designed by Mau, you've never really experienced Mau until you've read Life Style. Then you'll see the world around you in a whole new way.
San Francisco Chronicle magazine
The book is available in eight different satin covers ranging from shocking pink to gray and is filled with words and images that are so seductively linked on the page that you wander through it, grazing and gleaning meaning as if in a department store of ideas, scarcely knowing when to stop shopping. And that's Mau's implicit agenda: to wrest the words "life style" from merchandisers and reinvest the term with a meaning no less than "a philosophical project of the deepest order." It is a form of resistance in the belly of the beast of consumerism.
Interiors Magazine
The book itself, with its lush satin cover in an array of "mass customized" colors, supports the author's quote of Godard: "Style is merely the outside of content, and content the inside of style.
Herbert Muschamp
...one long Salome's dance. A 627-page strip tease performed with an endless variety of veils, the book tantalizes readers with glimpses into the thinking of one of the most creative minds at work in design today.
— The New York Times
Alice Rawsthorn
Every so often, a book comes out that changes the way we see the world...One is Life Style, a collection of the work, thoughts and favorite images of the Canadian graphic designer Bruce Mau...Olde graphic designers, like Paul Rand or Jan Tschichold, saw design as a means of installing visual discipline, but Mau recognizes that its role today is to reflect the messy world around us...he does not pretend to produce neat solutions to the questions he raises, but lets us see them through the eyes of an exceptionally intelligent observer.
— Financial Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714845203
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 638
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.75 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2005

    All style, no substance

    On the surface, it seems like Bruce Mau is a great designer, with great work in a great book. Nope. It's all fluff, all style, all flash. No real substance, no conceptul work. It¿s all function follows form. I would return this book, but I will use it as an example to future designers as ¿what not to do.¿

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Interesting read as a designer's conscious approach to images (and thick and heavy enough to kill someone)

    This is interesting, in the sense that Bruce Mau has a very conscious and intelectual approach to design. It's not too technical, and he provides a very readable and understandable explanation to his approach, which also reaches beyond just design issues, but more of the state of human attention in the 21st century. And of course, this book itself reflects his ideas of design, so you literary see what you read. Too bad you can't carry this book around... One thing. On my visit to a design book store, I realized that this book has several versions of cover. One is light blue, but there are atleast beige, red, pink, black, and also there seems to be variations in the pattern. The content is all the same, and I don't know if there's any way of specifying the ones that you want, but it'll be better if you can.

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