Books

The Language of Cities

Deyan Sudjic

The director of the Design Museum defines the greatest artefact of all time: the city

We live in a world that is now predominantly urban. So how do we define the city as it evolves in the twenty-first century? Drawing examples from across the globe, Deyan Sudjic decodes the underlying forces that shape our cities, such as resources and land, to the ideas that shape conscious elements of design, whether of buildings or of space. Erudite and entertaining, he considers the differences between capital cities and the rest to understand why it is that we often feel more comfortable in our identities as Londoners, Muscovites, or Mumbaikars than in our national identities.

The Design Museum in a Box

Deyan Sudjic

One hundred iconic works of art and design, published to mark the museum's relaunch in Kensington

The Design Museum is home to the visionaries that shape our lives and create our futures: Terrence Conran, Zaha Hadid, Alvar Aalto, Jonathan Ive, David Chipperfield, Tim Berners-Lee, Louis Kahn. From the simple wooden chair to the supersonic Concord, the museum spotlights era-defining designs in architecture, fashion, interiors, transport and technology, helping us to better understand the complex relationship between form and purpose.

This 'museum in a box' contains 100 world-famous designs, including the first Apple computer, chairs by Eames, Norman Foster blueprints and Alec Issigonis' iconic Mini Cooper.

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum. He was born in London, and studied architecture in Edinburgh. He has worked as a critic for the Observer and the Sunday Times, as the editor of Domus in Milan, as the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. He is the author of B is for Bauhaus, The Language of Things and The Edifice Complex.

B is for Bauhaus

Deyan Sudjic

This an essential tool kit for understanding the world around us. It's about our obsession with collecting, the quest for authenticity and the creation of national identities. It's about Hitchcock's film sets and why we value imperfection. It's about fashion and technology, about politics and art.

'A memoir and a master class in musing on modern design . . . It's a collection of thoughtful, absorbing essays about many aspects of modern design, a subject nobody writes better about than Sudjic' - Evening Standard

The Edifice Complex

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic's The Edifice Complex: The Architecture of Power is a fascinating exploration of the language of architecture as an insight into the psychology of power, from tyrants to billionaires.

Why do presidents and prime ministers, tycoons and tyrants share such a fascination with grand designs? Is it to impress or terrify, to wield state power, make a bid for immortality or just satisfy their egos?

From Hitler's vast Chancellery to Saddam Hussein's Mother of all Battles mosque, from Olympic stadiums to Donald Trump's excesses, Deyan Sudjic examines the murky relationship between buildings, money and politics, revealing the power of architecture - and the architecture of power.

'A thrilling and passionately indignant trawl through vanity's most polluted depths' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;The Times

'An often frightening, sometimes hilarious set of stories of brutality, absurdity and occasionally beauty' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Evening Standar

'Punchily written ... deftly amusing ... a closely argued, brilliantly marshalled, important book' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Daily Mail

'Informed, lively and intelligent ... an asylum of power-mad politicians and Croesus-rich patrons' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;New Statesman

'By turns funny, acidic, penetrating and provocative ... as compelling a read as a popular novel' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Norman Foster

Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic was born in London of Yugoslav parents. He is a former architecture critic for the Observer, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. Sudjic was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002 and is author of The Edifice Complex, the much-praised 100-Miles City, the best-selling Architecture Pack, The Language of Things and monographs on John Pawson, Ron Arad and Richard Rogers.

The Language of Things

Deyan Sudjic

In The Language of Things Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, decodes the things around us: their hidden meanings, our relationship with them, how they shape our lives and why we desire them.

Design is everywhere. It seduces, pleases and inspires us. It makes us part with our money. It defines who we think we are. An iPhone, an anglepoise lamp, a Picasso, a banknote, an Armani suit, a William Morris textile, a Lucky Strike packet, a spacecraft - every object tells a story. And understanding their stories offers us a whole new way of seeing the world.

'Articulate and wonderfully knowledgeable ... for anyone who takes an interest in the world around us' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Time Out

'A nightmare vision of a world drowning in objects ... witty, well observed and wide-ranging' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Guardian

'An elegant, witty and free-ranging survey, from Thomas Chippendale's ponderous 18th-century manor-house furnishings to Jonathan Ive's sprightly Macintosh iBooks'<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Daily Telegraph

'Lively ... engaging' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Evening Standard

'Readable, sharp and worthwhile' <br />&nbsp;&nbsp;Financial Times

Director of the Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic was born in London of Yugoslav parents. He is a former architecture critic for the Observer, and a visiting professor at the Royal College of Art. Sudjic was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002 and is author of The Edifice Complex, the much-praised 100-Miles City, the best-selling Architecture Pack, The Language of Things and monographs on John Pawson, Ron Arad and Richard Rogers.

Biography

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum. He was born in London, and studied architecture in Edinburgh. He has worked as a critic for the Observer and The Sunday Times, as the editor of Domus in Milan, as the director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a curator in Glasgow, Istanbul and Copenhagen. He is the author of B is for Bauhaus, The Language of Things and The Edifice Complex.