Material ConneXion: The Global Resource of New and Innovative Materials for Architects, Artists and Designers / Edition 1

Material ConneXion: The Global Resource of New and Innovative Materials for Architects, Artists and Designers / Edition 1

by Andrew Dent, George M. Beylerian
     
 

ISBN-10: 047175403X

ISBN-13: 9780471754039

Pub. Date: 11/18/2005

Publisher: Wiley

Materials underpin all that is most innovative in twenty-first-century architecture and design, as well as play and vital role in the work of many contemporary artists. Just as the Second World War fueled technological progress, enabling postwar designers to transform everyday life, so the high-tech industries of today are unleashing hitherto undreamt-of creative

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Materials underpin all that is most innovative in twenty-first-century architecture and design, as well as play and vital role in the work of many contemporary artists. Just as the Second World War fueled technological progress, enabling postwar designers to transform everyday life, so the high-tech industries of today are unleashing hitherto undreamt-of creative possibilities.

This brilliantly illustrated volume identifies the key trends in the field, looking to the future and highlighting materials with the most potential for development. In each of the book’s seven main sections-metals; glass; ceramics; carbon-based materials; and cement-based materials-the authors define substances according to their base compositions rather than their current uses, which leads the reader to clearer understanding of each material’s potential and applications.

An additional feature is a selection of interviews with leading international designers, architects and artists, in which they reflect on the key role of materials of modern design, and identify their favorites. Italian design guru Ezio Manzini, for example, looks forward to two dream materials-one that will last forever, continuously recycling into different shapes and functions, and one that will last just long enough to be useful before disappearing completely.

Throughout the book, full-color illustrations of contemporary designs and products encourage further ideas. A detailed reference section provides a glossary of technical terms and lists of relevant books, professional periodicals, and industry trade shows.

The “X” in ConneXion is the perfect symbolic crossroads: this is a book that connects material to designer. For all interior, product, graphic and fashion designers, for anyone connected with packaging, design, architecture of the environment, and for artists and sculptors, material ConneXion will be essential-and inspiring-reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471754039
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/18/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.32(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Using This Book.

1. Carbon-Based.

2. Cement.

3. Ceramics.

4. Glass.

5. Metals.

6. Naturals.

7. Polymers.

Information.

What the Materials Gurus Say.

Bibliography.

Glossary.

Trade Shows—Professional Publications.

Acknowledgments.

Photographic Credits.

Index.

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