Thames & Hudson

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A designers's book of curious tools

David Usborne

Hardback | 20.8 x 20.8 cm | 192 pp 

Thames & Hudson | 2010 | 9780500515013

This miscellany of mysterious objects celebrates the beauty of simple, useful things. If you have ever thatched a roof, measured a skull, stuffed a rabbit or walked on a whale, you may recognize some of these tools. Or, if you admire the work of Warhol, Duchamp and Cornell, you will understand the fascination of these accidental masterpieces of the everyday.

Some are the tools of vanished trades, other anonymous implements of simpler cultures, but all have been chosen for their intriguing functions and their elegant, suggestive forms.

Contents List:
Foreword • Introduction • Hitting • Cutting • Gripping • Holding Rubbing • Shielding • Moulding • Spreading • Testing


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