This is a digital reprint of David Pye's original 1968 edition. Within it he argues that the aesthetic quality of our environment depends as much on its workmanship as on its design, and that workmanship has been largely ignored. Mr Pye shows how and why we are conscious of finish and workmanship, goes on to ask why so much of our environment is impoverished and asks what can be done about it. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
David Pye, who died in 1993, was an architect, industrial designer andcraftsman. For many years he was also Professor of FurnitureDesign at the Royal College of Art, London. He is also the authorof Ships and The Nature and Aesthetics of Design.
Having read a review beforehand I knew it would, in the reviewer's terms, be somewhat abstruse. He was right. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Schif
It's a bit of a long-winded essay, but decidedly makes a great point.Published 10 months ago by Steven Antonucci
I originally purchased this book after hearing an experienced woodworker refer to the author's concepts as they applied to working with wood. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by David Henderson
David Pye was not only a designer and craftsman, he was an eloquent wordsmith. This book is a must read for any craftsman, artist, designer, engineer, architect or person... Read morePublished on February 21, 2012 by Kevin La Due/La Due Guitars
It's amazing how prices of out of print books soar. Don't pay $100 or more for a used version. Order new from Amazon UK for $40 (20 pounds).Published on February 4, 2008 by Sean
If there is a passage that defines this book, it's the one on page 74, where he uses his superior intellect and social conservatism to declare that "... Read morePublished on April 30, 2006 by T. B. Lowry
This book should be read by all designers. Pyes understanding of materials and processes, and their relationship to design, is an inspiration.Published on September 11, 2005 by J. D. Hewison