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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Documenting Domus: A Privileged Insight

Considered the world’s most influential architecture and design journal by some, Domus was founded in 1928 by the great Milanese architect Gio Ponti. TASCHEN claims domus 1928–1999, vol. I–XII is an important must-have for all design and architecture teaching institutions, practicing architects, designers, collectors, students, and anyone who loves design.

Any self-respecting design buff is well aware of the glories of Domus, but until a few years ago, only those conversant in Italian had actually read the iconic magazine. This massive 12-volume anthology represents more than 70 years of reporting and criticism — published in English for the first time — with selections covering Art Deco, late modern, and every movement in between.” Details, New York - United States
The TASCHEN collection reproduces the pages as they originally appeared, and includes 7 decades of domus: the best of the best in 12 volumes, 7,000 pages and 20,000 images. Each volume is packed with articles and include commissioned intro text that outline the history and what was happening in design and architecture during each era covered. Contributors include past editors: Mario Bellini, François Burkhardt, Cesare Maria Casati, Stefano Casciani, Germano Celant, Manolo De Giorgi, Fulvio Irace, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Alessandro Mendini, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Luigi Spinelli, and Deyan Sudjic.

TACSHEN also calls this collection "A Privileged Insight into Architecture and Design" - for which I agree...from both the insightful and the privileged angle. I don't know too many designers who will be springing for this $600 masterpiece (at around 7,000 pages that's 11.667 cents/page), but I'm certain it would provide hours of insight. I hope a library or college around me buys it so I can catch a look. I own two original single copies of Domus that I picked up here and there, and must say this publication is covetable.

( via thingsofrandomcoolness )



Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazon canada has it at a deep discount www.amazon.ca

on top of it, it's 82 pounds of books and they have their shipping set up like it's one book. I had the whole set, including priority shipping from canada for a total of $396.83 US

4:18 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

Dear Anonymous– Thanks for the heads up! Really appreciate it. Stop by BarryBlog again.

5:33 PM  

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