We live in a world drowning in objects. But what do they tell us about ourselves? In "The Language of Things", Design Museum Director, Deyan Sudjic charts our relationship - both innocent and knowing - with all things designed. From the opulent excesses of the catwalk, or the technical brilliance of a laptop computer, to the subtle refinement of a desk lamp, he shows how we can be manipulated and seduced by our possessions. Brilliant and courageous, "The Language of Things" defines the visual vocabulary of our time and gives us a powerful new way of seeing the world. With up to 100 colour illustrations throughout, this book itself is both a provocative and beautiful thing.
As a confessional, the book is witty and honest, and Deyan Sudjic remains one of our most insightful commentators Royal Academy magazine Deyan Sudjic presents us with a nightmare vision of a world drowning in objects ... witty, well observed and wide-ranging Guardian Articulate and wonderfully knowledgeable ... a very nice object in itself ... much in here for anyone who takes an interest in the world around us Time Out An elegant, witty and free-ranging survey of industrial product design from Thomas Chippendale's ponderous 18th-century manor-house furnishings to Jonathan Ive's sprightly Macintosh iBooks Telegraph The Language of Things is a happy trot through the colourful landscape formed by design's eternal alternation between use and allure Evening Standard Sudjic's book rebukes designers for their arrogance and increasing self-importance ... readable, sharp and worthwhile FT