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Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything Hardcover – October 3, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Hardcover (October 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468307169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468307160
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Bayley’s Ugly: The Aesthetics of Everything is a terrific history of white people’s thoughts on the beautiful and tacky. Bayley plumbs the shallowest depths of white culture of the last few hundred years, from high kitsch (snow-globe collections, the infamous Madonna Inn), to the compelling ugliness of plants, animals, disfigurement, and racism, to the reactionary pro-ugliness movements of punk and modernist architecture. —Choire Sicha --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Stephen Bayley's unconventional world-view will untie your mind from your behind...and give you a new appreciation for the fabulously hideous.--Simon Doonan" - Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York and author of The Asylum

Praise for Stephen Bayley:

"I don't know anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste, and contemporary design." --Tom Wolfe

"He has the knack of getting ahead of everybody with values that turn out to be permanent." --Clive James

"[John Ruskin was] the 19th century Stephen Bayley." --Nick Foulkes

More About the Author

Tom Wolfe said of Mr. Bayley, "I don't know of anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste and contemporary design."

Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known and outspoken commentators on modern culture, art and design. He contributes regularly to The Daily Mail, The Times, The Observer, The Spectator, The Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, The Independent, and GQ. Cars are on of his many passions, and he has written extensively on automobiles and automobile design for 25 years for both car companies and numerous publications including Car Magazine. He was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in (British) GQ.

As a design consultant his clients include: Ford, Absolut Vodka, Volkswagen, Audi, Foster Associates, BMW, the V&A Museum, among others. Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum, the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design, he appears frequently on radio and television, and lectures at museums and universities all over the world. His numerous books include Design: Intelligence Made Visible with co-author Terence Conran, published by Conran Octopus.

Mr. Bayley has been a judge at many national and international design competitions, including Campaign Press Awards, RIBA Architectural Awards, The Building Awards, Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at Hurlingham, Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood, and the BBC Good Food Awards.

In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture.

He lives in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penny Thoughtful on October 29, 2013
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I rather enjoyed this lively book, not least because it mentions I.H. 35, the highway that runs from Laredo, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota--and not entirely in an uncomplimentary fashion. The book has an attention-grabbing blend of old and new, with clever commentary.
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