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.

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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)


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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

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