Like a yearbook of U.S. design over the past three years, Design Life Now includes all the designs that likely caught your eye recently (and those you missed) that are in Cooper-Hewitt's third National Design Triennial. For those who can't make it to the show in NYC (it closes 29 July 2007), the catalogue is an ideal way to experience the 87 stunning, inspiring and beautiful examples of contemporary design from a diverse range of fields.
The beautifully-producedâ€”thanks in large part to designers and 2006 triennial participants COMAâ€”hard-bound book features full color two-page spreads highlighting each designer's work with photography, illustrations and text. From the household names (Google, Apple, Nike) to those that feel like old friends (Santiago Calatrava, Psyop, ReadyMade, Tobias Wong) and the essay covering intelligent design, craft and community in design, design and social life and transforming design, paging through Design Life Now is a glimpse at the zeitgeist of design today.
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