Lipstick. 501s. Las Vegas hotels. What do they mean to us? What do they say about who we are? From freeways to surfboards to corporate logos, twelve everyday objects are recast here as icons — single, physical forms that embody a complex universe of associations. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at SFMOMA, this striking volume explores these icons as benchmarks for the current state of design and suggests new ways to look at the interconnectedness of design, consumer culture, and the aesthetics of desire.
Icons: Magnets of Meaning
Edited by Aaron Betsky
Foreword by John R. Lane; introduction by Aaron Betsky; essays by Aaron Betsky, Steven Flusty, Chee Pearlman, and David E. Nye
272 pages, 145 illustrations, 6 x 9 inches, hardcover
Published in 1997
Published in association with Chronicle Books on the occasion of the exhibition Icons: Magnets of Meaning, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (April 18–August 5, 1997)
ISBN 9780811818575 (hardcover)