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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (March 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714847801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714847801
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,626,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beautifully presented ... full of nuggets of design wisdom. Super.' (IDFX Interior Design) 'Supernatural is an apt title for the first monograph dedicated to Ross Lovegrove's oeuvre. The British artisan endows such mundane objects as water bottles and teapots with an ethereal, luminescent, and almost ghostly quality. The work speaks to a singular talent that seems of another world.' (House Beautiful) 'It's hard not to love visionary Ross Lovegrove. Forget groceries - splurge on this monograph of his complete work instead! One of the world's most pre-eminent product designers, Lovegrove's signature output will astound as his text informs. A must! A must! A must!' (Elle Decoration) 'Tightly edited ... provides as much of an insight into [Lovegrove's] future as it does into his past ... Supernatural differs from the usual monograph in its sense of purpose.' (Blueprint) 'Beautiful exploration of [Lovegrove's] inspiring creations.' (Daily Telegraph) 'If there is a prize for the most beautiful book on design, this one has to be in the short list. Phaidon, a publisher noted for quality production, has excelled itself with this silver and white volume that matches the elegance of Lovegrove's creations.' (Uptown) 'The latest scripture on design isn't just a flashy coffee table book. Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove offers those fascinated with shape and form a thoughtful and practical insight into the designer's inventive mind.' (CITY)

About the Author

Born in 1958, Ross Lovegrove studied industrial design at Manchester Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art, London. In the early 1980s he began to work for the industrial design consultancy Frogdesign in Germany, where he was assigned projects for Apple and Sony. After this experience he became an in-house designer for Knoll in Paris, where he developed different office systems. He returned to England in 1986 where he established his own practice and started to collaborate with the most important design manufacturers such as Kartell, Luceplan and Cappellini. He is currently working on a number of projects in Japan where he enjoys unparalleled success as a European designer. Paola Antonelli is Curator for the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been a contributing editor for Domus magazine and the Design Editor of Abitare. She has lectured at the University of California and Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and she taught throughout Europe and the United States.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Manon Kavesky on July 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ross Lovegrove Britain's prolific and unique product designer is profiled in a beautifully produced volume called Supernatural: The Work of Ross Lovegrove. Nature and organic shapes influence Lovegrove's designs. His designs come to life and push the boundaries of what is possible with the help of modern materials and technology. He has designed for Knoll, Capellini, Moroso, Kartell and many others. Enriched with 300 photographs Supernatural presents a variety of chairs, house wares, and even a bike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Reinewald on September 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
Zelf omschrijft de Britse, vroeg-grijze designer Ross Lovegrove (1958) zijn "supernatural" stijl als `organic essentialism.' Hij lijkt zo te willen bewijzen dat de typerend vloeiend-organische vorm van zijn meubels, lampen, brillen, fietsen en bestek een duidelijke oorzakelijkheid heeft.
Ook de mede-auteurs van deze luxe productcatalogus, doen dat.
Natuurlijk is zo'n als een neerkletsende plas water gevormde fles (Ty Nant, 1999) bloedjemooi en past de vorm perfect bij de inhoud: mineraalwater. Maar is de quasi-biomorf gemodelleerde pet-fles beter hanteerbaar? Ben bang van niet.
Een duidelijke kracht van Lovegrove is dat hij kunststoffen op een naakte manier toepast. Hij toont daarbij ook schoonheid van de constructie of structuur (als honingraat in vloertegels voor een kantoor). Verder flirt hij met eerlijke materialen: bamboe (fietsframe) of gevlochten pitriet (fauteuil met geïntegreerd voetenbankje). De Delftse Adriaan Beukers, hoogleraar composite materialen roemt Lovegroves DNA wenteltrap van fiberglas en koolstofvezel (2003), vervaardigd volgens een nieuwe giettechniek en uiteraard naar voorbeeld van de DNA keten.
Ook bij andere projecten inspireert Lovegrove zich op natuurlijke groeiwijzen en botstructuren.
Maar er echt veel meer mee doen: nee. Lovegrove blijft teveel een vormenbakker met retro-invloeden. Hij is daardoor de mindere van zijn generatie auteursdesigners Morrison, Grcic en Newson. Die combineren stijlinvloeden van respectievelijk Pier-Luigi en Achille Castiglioni, Gerrit Rietveld en Joe Colombo, met eigen, frisse inzichten.
In dit boek placeert Lovegrove een magere zwarte dame op zijn Bone Chair (Ceccotti, 1994). Decoratief-functioneel naakt.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steffensen on February 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
the book has lots of great pictures.
But the book doesn't go so much into detail as I could have wished. It just skims the surface:-(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Yi on April 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The emotional nature of his products are perfectly captured in this photo heavy book about this incredible designer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gomez on August 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the greatest books i have found about Ross Lovegrove. It has beautiful images.
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