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Publication date : 2020/09/01
Weight 120 g / Dimensions 11.5 x 18.2 cm / 72 pages / text in French ISBN 9782490241071
In the Matrix: the Radical Design of Ken Isaacs explores the work of American designer Ken Isaacs (1927-2016), specifically his micro-housing projects from the 1950s through the 1970s. The core of Isaacs’ practice exploits the concept of the “matrix,” a term he gave to a system of three-dimensional grids that he used in all of his projects: Living Structures (compact units that concentrate living and furniture functions), Microhouses (small, nomadic dwellings), and Alpha Chambers (informational environments, both educational and immersive).
Susan Snodgrass places Isaacs’ career in its context, that of the post-war United States, divided between domestic comfort and experimental productions, while putting it in perspective with the movements that are contemporary to him, notably the counter-cultural movements advocating self-construction, nomadism and the diffusion of tools and knowledge.