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HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE SS23

As Ever, The Joy Of Movement & Ease of Pleats Prevails

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BRUT-AL

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U-JOINTS: THE BOOK

A Kickstarter Campaign Begins For A Monumental Encyclopaedic Print Taxonomy of Connections and Universal World of Joints

December, 2020
U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 (Mock Cover) © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu

Who still remembers and refers to the 2018 Salone del Mobile exhibition, U-JOINTS – Equations of Universal Life? It was one of the most talked about and excitable events of the renowned design fair that presented a physical showcase of a pivotal design element commonly overlooked: the unassuming role of joints in design. Featuring a mammoth involvement of global designers and architects, the U-JOINTS exhibition crossed explorations of form and function, diversities and complexities, to historical and cultural foundations that both democratised and highlighted the formidable design element.

Now after 3 years, the research project’s co-curators — architect Andrea Caputo and design professor Anniina Koivu — have announced a Kickstarter campaign for their monumental print edition expanding their ongoing research into the universal taxonomy of connections and joints. Through delving into the human history and diversity of joints, they aim to create a renewed view of our built environment. Curators Caputo and Koivu explain, “A joint – the union of two or more parts – is a fundamental element in almost any designed object, be it a famous bridge, the coffee maker in your kitchen, or a revolving office chair. Because a joint is often invisible, hidden elegantly within an object, it can be overlooked. U-JOINTS sheds light on these hidden details in an in-depth survey of joints.”

With an anticipated scope of over 900 pages, the tome is set to offer the most in-depth and concise capture to date published on the topic of joints. Featuring a taxonomy of more than 1300 joints, the book will distill the focus into six main chapters (Basic fasteners, Mechanical joints, Knits and Knots, Wood joints, Adhesives, and Fused joints) with technical information about joinery as well as stories and commentaries from leading designers and architects. Excitedly also, Graphic Thought Facility take on the book design. Certainly a book worthy of any shelf, and one that will allow you to even see the role of design in the everyday through a fresh lens.

U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections
Available for pre-order on their Kickstarter here, set for release in August 2021.

U-JOINTS – A taxonomy of connections © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS – A taxonomy of connections © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS, Milan, Salone, 2018 © U-JOINTS
U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS, Milan, Salone, 2018 © U-JOINTS
U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
U-JOINTS, Milan, Salone, 2018 © U-JOINTS
Jasper Morrison's Basel chair, utilising a circular dovetail joint. U-JOINTS, Milan, Salone, 2018 © U-JOINTS
One of the many joints on display during U-JOINTS' premiere exhibition at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy, 2018. © U-JOINTS

U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections 

Available for pre-order on their Kickstarter here, set for release in August 2021.

U-JOINTS – A Taxonomy of Connections | Upcoming Book 2021 © Andrea Caputo & Anniina Koivu
December, 2020