Objects of Desire by Adrian Forty

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Chapter “Labor Saving in the Home” (pages 379–406 from the book, in Russian, 2.46 MB)

Task: to translate and publish Adrian Forty’s book.

Adrian Forty’s Objects of Desire provides a retrospective insight into design and its impact on society. The author uses a variety of fascinating examples to show that the way things look can’t be deemed simply a result of a designer’s creative effort—design encompasses all kinds of complex social processes and is inseparably linked to the economics of manufacturing and, at times, even politics.

Dust-jacketed book

This book is an great read for everyone, though it is primarily aimed at designers and those involved in the design industry.

Release dates:

October 19 2010 (First Edition)

May 30 2013 (Second Edition)


art director
Artemy Lebedev
Sergey Fedorov
Aleksandr Lartsev
Svetlana Kartashevskaya
Igor Foronov
Katerina Andreeva
Elena Migalina
Lizaveta Romantsova
production manager
Aleksey Strelnikov
Adrian Forti

Adrian Forty is Professor of Architectural History at the Bartlett, the Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London. In 2003 he was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education.

480 pages
Number of copies: 3000
Format: 145×217 mm (5.7"×8.6")
Hard cover
ISBN 978-5-98062-028-8

Title pages
Pages 52–53
Pages 138–139
Pages 280–281
Pages 302–303
Pages 328–329
Pages 418–419

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