Reyner Banham
Penny Sparke Editor
Nonfiction, Product/Industrial Design
ISBN: 9780847803842
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Alice Rawsthorn
My favorite design critic is the peerless Reyner Banham, who not only played an important part in the development of British pop art but also pioneered serious design writing in postwar Britain. I was tempted to choose one of his “proper” books, like Theory and Design in the First Machine Age, but plumped for a playful one, Design by Choice. It is a collection of Banham’s journalism for art, architecture, and political magazines in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, including Art in America, Architectural Review, and New Society, chosen by the British design historian Penny Sparke. Design by Choice shows off not only Banham’s wryly conversational writing style but also his intellectual depth and passion for design. . . . View the complete text
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