A publication that contains pictures of eighty-four different hand tools from the collection of Michael Marriott.
It celebrates the objects both for their function and for their inherent beauty in repose.
Accompanying the objects is an essay by Neil Cummings entitled Look at me, look at me, look at me, which was originally published in Architectural Design magazine in 2002. It explores Reyner Banham’s notion of the 'furniturisation' of everyday objects, and questions why previously unselfconscious domestic artifacts are now promoted as great design.
Looking through the book, one sees similarities in the collection, but also many differences.
The names of the objects are both informative and wonderfully obscure; with a joggler, a dibber, a feeler, a bradawl, a stripper and a dog all in attendance.
Marriott has previously written about the idea of a 'rightness' in relation to hand tools. Rightness being something that one feels, rather than one particularly understands.
Through ingenuity, instinct and use, these common objects have achieved a kind of rightness we can all enjoy.
BRACES, LEVERS, FETISHES & TALISMANS
edited by Philippe Desarzens and published by Side Issues
Side Issues is about ideas arising alongside everyday usual business. It is a series of publications about science, history, art and visual culture from the point of view of a committed dilettante.
Tool collection and pictures by Michael Marriott, text by Neil Cummings
148,5 / 204 mm, 182 pages
Xerox printed paperback
Book edges printed in black
First edition of numbered 150 copies
Price: 25.00 CHF
Look at me, look at me, look at me is hosted on the magnificent resource Reading Design
Related texts include Reading Things, Jigs as design protocols, and From Things to Flows. And, I've been curating #ObjectOfTheWeek on twitter