Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design

Paola Antonelli (ed.)


Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995. Cardboard Hardcover with thin tissue jacket, 128pp., 9 x 12 inches.

Near Fine with only minor creasing to the usually absent tissue jacket.

Published to accompany the exhibition of the same name at MoMA, each copy was produced with a unique polychrome resin cast, designed by Gaetano Pesce, which covers roughly half of both the front and back covers.

Examines the use of material in design, with chapters on plastics, ceramics, fibers and composites, rubber and foam, glass, wood and metals. 

Heavily illustrated with examples from Enzo Mari, Takeshi Ishiguro, Nike, Knoll, Achille Castiglioni and more, both commercial and more radical design practices are viewed through the same lens, with a focus on how materials are developed, engineered and applied.