Design: Exploring The New Materialism

New Materialism Such stuff as fine buildings and products are made of

The postmodern impulse of the 1970s was fundamentally a movement away from , the cerebral and toward the sensual. Today, although interest in the frillier postmodern forms is waning, many architects and designers are taking a further leap in the same direction. They are concerned less with issues of style and more with exploring the character and connotations of building materials -- the nuances of woods and stone and plaster and metals and plastics and finishes. The best designs of 1986 in almost every instance exemplify the new materialism.

W.G. Clark, 44, came of age professionally during the decline of blank-box...

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