Arranging Things: A Rhetoric of Object Placement

Leonard Koren


Apartamento Publishing S.L., 2024. Hardcover, 80pp., 9.5 x 11.2 inches


‘Most arrangements are little noticed, yet some stop you in your tracks’.

Originally published in 2003, Leonard Koren’s highly sought-after Arranging Things utilises the language of rhetoric to portray visual arrangement as a ‘communicational act: its own language-like form of aesthetic expression’.

Koren’s insightful meditation is further distilled into eight rhetorical principles presented alognside 23 idiosyncratic paintings by artist Nathalie Du Pasquier which illustrate the volume. Arranging Things is not merely a popular book on design; it is a landmark text, a practical manifesto of aesthetic beauty, one for brightening and broadening the way we understand and arrange our worlds.