FEWER, BETTER THINGS
The Hidden Wisdom of Objects

GLENN ADAMSON
272pp ILLUS 2018 LIST PRICE: £20.00 S384

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If we know little about how things are made, it’s hard to remain connected to the world around us. A mix of family lore and cultural history, this book explores the history of craft in its many forms, explaining how raw materials, tools, design and technique come together to produce beauty and utility in handmade or manufactured items. Whether describing the implements used in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, the use of woodworking tools or new fabrication technologies, the author writes expertly about the aesthetics of objects and the care and attention that goes into producing them. The result is an erudite global survey of our material landscape and how we can be better informed to shape it.