WHY WHAT HOW: Collecting Design
in a Contemporary Market
Edited and produced by Robert Violette
for HSBC Private Bank (2010)
Designed by Studio Frith
Hardback, 208 pages, 110 illustrations
26 x 17.5 cm (h x w)
A bricolage of theoretical, contextual and practical guidance for collectors of and enthusiasts for both historical and contemporary design. This book identifies the nuances separating the accumulated, everyday object from the collected, connoisseurial object, while highlighting some of the ambiguities that conflate the two. It charts key moments in design history from the last 150 years and highlights important preoccupations shaping contemporary practice.
It does not, however, seek to crystal-ball gaze or predict market trends. Instead this publication reviews what has come before,
what is happening now and who are the finest practitioners.
Featuring over 70 contemporary designers, including Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Martino Gamper,
Stuart Haygarth, Joris Laarman, Julia Lohmann, Studio Makkink
and Bey, Marc Newson, Rolf Sachs and Kram/Weisshaar.
Libby Sellers is a design historian, gallerist and former senior curator at the Design Museum, London. Working with some of the industry's most promising and progressive designers through her eponymous pop-up gallery, she is now established as a leading voice in contemporary design, lecturing and writing on the topic internationally. Sellers was nominated for the 2008 Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Fund for cultural entrepreneurs and the Wallpaper* Courvoisier Design Awards in 2009. This is her first book.