Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things


We originally stumbled upon Ellen Lupton’s book in the blog post linked below––Lupton is the curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, and is quite interested in the design and utility of everyday objects. Not only that, she injects a lot of observational humor into the process of separating the iconography from the practical usage of an object (in the case of our blog post, the subject was toasters.) The work is accompanied by work from her twin Julia Lupton.

Lupton shows how design is about much more than what’s bought at high-end stores or the modern look at IKEA. Design is critical thinking: a way to look at the world and wonder why things work, and why they don’t.

Design Your Life casts a sharp eye on everything from roller bags, bras, toilet paper, and stuffed animals to parenting, piles, porches, and potted plants…and explores the practical side of everyday design, looking at how it impacts your life in unexpected ways and what you can do about it.

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