The impact of computer renderings of beautiful images can hardly be overestimated, and this book uses them to blistering effect. It's an exploration of the ouevre of Australian-born, London-based industrial designer Marc Newson, with art director Richard Allan reproducing every image digitally with the help of designer Nicholas Register.
Marc Newson has created everything from airplanes, bicycles and even a concept car for Ford (sadly not in the book) to shampoo bottles for Vidal Sassoon. He designed Simon Le Bon's Syn recording studio in Tokyo; he converted a Volvo factory into the Coast restaurant; and he's produced household objects--dishdrainers and coat hooks, often with the use of computerised rapid prototyping--for the likes of Magis and Alessi. Most recently he's designed the lighting on the Sydney Opera House for the forthcoming opening and closing Olympic ceremonies.
Newson's work might, it is true, be equally impressive if sketched roughly in crayon on old whiskey boxes, but it looks even more stunning in the colours and finishes achieved by Allan and Register, with witty captioning using Newson's own offhand remarks. And if you don't simply adore a book that comes in an embossed clear plastic sleeve, it is respectfully suggested you seek professional help immediately. --Liz Bailey