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

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Overview

Materials underpin all that is most innovative intwenty-first-century architecture and design, as well as play andvital role in the work of many contemporary artists. Just as theSecond World War fueled technological progress, enabling postwardesigners to transform everyday life, so the high-tech industriesof today are unleashing hitherto undreamt-of creativepossibilities.

This brilliantly illustrated volume identifies the key trends inthe field, looking to the future and highlighting materials withthe most potential for development. In each of the book’sseven main sections-metals; glass; ceramics; carbon-basedmaterials; and cement-based materials-the authors define substancesaccording to their base compositions rather than their currentuses, which leads the reader to clearer understanding of eachmaterial’s potential and applications.

An additional feature is a selection of interviews with leadinginternational designers, architects and artists, in which theyreflect on the key role of materials of modern design, and identifytheir 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 onethat will last just long enough to be useful before disappearingcompletely.

Throughout the book, full-color illustrations of contemporarydesigns and products encourage further ideas. A detailed referencesection provides a glossary of technical terms and lists ofrelevant books, professional periodicals, and industry tradeshows.

The “X” in ConneXion is the perfect symboliccrossroads: this is a book that connects material to designer. Forall interior, product, graphic and fashion designers, for anyoneconnected with packaging, design, architecture of the environment,and for artists and sculptors, material ConneXion will beessential-and inspiring-reading.

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"Those involved in crafts and designs will find this invaluable book is both practical and inspiring." (Bellaonline.com, April 20, 2006)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471754039
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/18/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE M. BEYLERIAN, as founder and President of Material ConneXion, directs a dedicated staff in New York and oversees licensees in Cologne and Milan. Beylerian founded Material ConneXion to increase awareness of innovative materials among architects, interior designers, product designers, and fashion designers, as well as the design and production industries at large.

ANDREW DENT directs Material ConneXion’s research into innovative materials and processes.

ANITA MORYADAS is an exhibitions curator and design writer whose most recent book is John Pawson: Themes and Projects
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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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