Michael Graves: Design for Life

Michael Graves: Design for Life

by Ian Volner


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One of the most prominent and prolific designers and architects of the late twentieth century, Michael Graves is best known for his popular product designs, including the world-famous Alessi whistling-bird teakettle, and controversial buildings, such as the Portland Building in Oregon, Humana Building in Kentucky, and Dolphin and Swan Hotels at Walt Disney World, Florida. Graves was widely seen as the leading voice of postmodernist architecture, which reintroduced human scale, color, and, sometimes, playful forms into the stark white vocabulary of modernism. Following a devastating illness that paralyzed him from the chest down, Graves became a tireless designer and advocate of improved health-care products and facilities before his sudden death in 2015. Shortly before this, he began a series of interviews with journalist Ian Volner, which form the basis of this biography of a remarkable designer. Volner also conducted numerous interviews with Graves's family, patrons, colleagues, and friends. What emerges is a meticulously researched, anecdote-rich human story, as well as a primer on the American architecture scene of the past sixty years and a portrait of a man whose deep passion for his art brought pleasure to millions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616895631
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 758,482
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ian Volner has contributed articles on architecture, design, and urbanism to the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Harper's and the New Yorker, and is a contributing editor at Architect and Surface. He is also the author of This Is Frank Lloyd Wright.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Note On Sources xv

I The Sea 1

II The River and the Compass 15

III The Book and the Doorway 41

IV The Light 67

V The Garden and the Machine 81

VI The Bridge and the Hearth 111

VII The Tower 143

VIII The House, the Tomb, and the Teakettle 173

IX The Sky and the Frame 195

Acknowledgments 211

Selected Bibliography 213

Notes 217

Index 232

Image Credits 240

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