Objects of Desire

Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today



ISBN: 9783945852330 Category:

Mateo Kries, Tanja Cunz


Surrealism expanded our reality by drawing upon myths, dreams, and the subconscious as sources of artistic inspiration. Beginning in the 1930s, the movement made a crucial impact on design, and it continues to inspire designers to this day. »Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design« is the first book to document this fascinating conversation. It includes numerous essays and a comprehensive selection of images which traces these reciprocal exchanges by juxtaposing exemplary artworks and design objects. Among the featured artists and designers are Gae Aulenti, Achille Castiglioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, ntoni Gaudí, Frederick Kiesler, René Magritte, Carlo Mollino, Meret Oppenheim, and many others. The book is rounded off with historical text material as well as short texts and statements by contemporary designers. This in- depth examination makes one thing abundantly clear: form does not always follow function – it can also follow our obsessions, our fantasies, and our hidden desires.

Additional information

Weight 1218 g
Dimensions 19.2 x 25.1 cm
Publisher name Vitra Design Museum GmbH
Publication date 6 January 2020
Number of pages 368
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.2 x 25.1 cm
Weight 1218 g


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