Aesthetics Aside: Observations on Design in the Everyday
Published by In Plain Words
Printed by AC Dominie
18 x 11 cm, 234 pages, b/w, offset, glue bound, softcover
Designed by Hanson Ho, H55
From riding escalators in a city to chart its ascent to visiting a factory that manufactures plastic chairs used everywhere, this collection of 30 essays chronicle Justin Zhuang’s decade-long search for design in the everyday. Each offers a journey beyond the stylish “designer” world, on to the designed graphics, environments and objects that we encounter daily.
The essays cover four themes, including the nature of design, the histories of anonymous objects, as well as design and urban development in Singapore.
Design never looked so ordinary, and extraordinary.