Things Come Apart

Things Come Apart

A Teardown Manual for Modern Living

Book - 2013
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WW Norton
Inspiring and unique photographs capture mechanical and electronic objects of past and present in a dismantled, meticulously arranged form
Welcome to Todd McLellan’s unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics—arranged first by size and then by intricacy—are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair and dissected in real-time, frame-by-frame video stills.This book makes visible the inner workings of some of the world’s most iconic designs. From SLR camera to mantel clock to espresso machine, from iPad to bicycle to grand piano, every single component of each object is revealed. These disassembled objects show that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood, while beautifully illustrating the quality and elegance of older designs. Stunning photography is interspersed with essays by notable figures from the worlds of restoration, DIY, and design innovation who discuss historical examples of teardowns, disassembly, and reverse-engineering.Each photograph is itself a work of art and offers a reinterpretation of our familiar world. They connect people with the child-like joy of taking something apart to see how it works and will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the material world.

Baker & Taylor
Fifty everyday objects, from an SLR camera to an espresso machine, appear as though they've been exploded and frozen in midair, offering an intricate, piece-piece overview of the inner workings and elegance of each object's design. 20,000 first printing.

Book News
This is a tall book: 9.75x13.5". Its contents are unusual. McLellan admits in his brief introductory essay that he has liked taking things apart since he was a kid. This volume presents full-page photos of nearly 100 objects after disassembly--some photographed with strobe-lighting while falling through the air, others laid out carefully for the shoot. We see small items--Swiss Army knife, Smartphone, hair dryer; mid-sized items--record player, power drill, toaster; large items--accordion, sewing machine, carpet steamer; and extra-large items--bicycle, upright piano, and two-seater light aircraft (from an assembly kit). Several essays are interspersed, on the repair revolution, life lessons learned through tinkering, the past (by a conservator), and the future (disassembly technology). Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Fifty everyday objects, from an SLR camera to an espresso machine, appear as though they've been exploded and frozen in midair, offering an intricate, piece-piece overview of the inner workings and elegance of each object's design.

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2013
ISBN: 9780500516768
0500516766
Branch Call Number: MAKER 670.22 MCL
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. (some col.) ; 35 cm

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LPL_MurielG Mar 15, 2016

This is an oversized photography book depicting mechanical objects that are taken completely apart. It's really fascinating to look at all the little nuts and bolts. My brother would have loved this when we were kids!

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May 28, 2015

A manual of inspiration for the tinkerer or the person who obsesses about how things are put together. The author intersperses short essays on his experience as a designer/fixer/educator with his own photographs of various items that he has disassembled. Sometimes the essays seem disjointed in the context of the book because they are not tied directly to the subjects of the photographs. The book as a whole is a monument to creativity and industrial design, particularly when it comes to manufacturing of the old school.

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