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Mateo Kries: Total Design

Business Design, Nail Design, Body Design, Social Design – almost every topic is now marked with that label. No one would have thought 30 years ago, the role of design in our lives today would like. This design seems to emerge, particularly in fields where it is not needed – while there is missing, where it would be really necessary.

Mateo Kries, chief curator at the Vitra Design Museum and author of numerous books on design, considered in this volume, the “system” design from the perspective of the connoisseur and stakeholders. He begins with the origins of design in the 19th Century pursued its rapid expansion during the 20th Century, and finally shows how design pervades all areas of society today – from biotechnology to the Geo-Engineering, of the lifestyle program until the political spin doctor. It reflects the author and his own “generation” design, who grew up in the 1970s, yet with “Cordsofas” and wooden shelves for their own lives from the 1980s, then with shopping tours, spa and new middle class throughout the search for the right form dedicate themselves.

We are already living in a design company, is one of the main theses of this book. Mateo Kries This opens a debate in which not just about design as it is in society’s guiding ideology, but also the question of how all living in the future we want. The author argues for a radical reorientation of design on the really pressing problems of our time, for the creation of a true design policy for more public discussion about design – and for the courage to stand the pressure to form in the daily also opposed views to.

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