The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

September 8, 2016
by Dan
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Richard Sapper’s Vision of the Future

At Curbed, Alexandra Lange discusses the work of German-born industrial designer Richard Sapper, and a new book about his work published by Phaidon: When Los Angeles-based designer Jonathan Olivares first met Richard Sapper in 2008 in Milan, Sapper’s adopted home, he … Continue reading

January 7, 2015
by Dan
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Criterion Designs

Another book for the wishlist (because in a shocking development no one gave it to me for Christmas), Criterion Designs features covers, art, and sketches art commissioned for the Criterion Collection. It looks beautiful…

May 4, 2011
by Dan
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A Taxonomy of Office Chairs

A Taxonomy of Office Chairs by Jonathan Olivares and published by Phaidon is a visual overview of the evolution of the modern office chair and detailing the most innovative chairs designed and built from the 1840s to the present. In … Continue reading

March 29, 2011
by Dan
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Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey

Phaidon Books has posted a short profile of the original “Gridnik”, graphic designer Wim Crouwel: Crouwel, who appeared in Gary Hustwit’s documentary Helvetica, is famous for his innovative approach to typography and his 1967 ‘New Alphabet’. The New Alphabet font … Continue reading

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