Sottsass's innovative approach to architectural, furniture, ceramic, jewelry, and industrial design has been extensively documented in recent books and periodicals. Radice, qualified as Sottsass's longtime companion and an experienced writer about architecture and design ( Jewelry by Architects , Rizzoli, 1987), here provides unique insights into how the man approaches both his life and his work. However, she stereotypically presents the artist as a genius full of passion and energy, yet tormented and self-absorbed, resulting in a mix that is quirky and noncritical. Radice provides little analysis, only admiration for all that Sottsass produces. The numerous examples of Sottsass's drawings and designs, from the 1930s to the present, are often more illuminating than the text.-- Douglas G. Campbell, George Fox Coll., Newberg, Ore.