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Design . Art Merrell, 2004. 216pp. £35

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As the irritating typography of the title implies, this book - originally accompanying an exhibition at New York's Cooper-Hewitt Museum - blurs the boundary between fine and applied art by showcasing supposedly functional designs made since the late 1960s by such artists as Rachel Whiteread, Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd. All those featured 'have some relation to Minimalist tendencies in both their art and design work, ' says Barbara Bloemink in her introduction, but most conspicuous is Judd, whose essay 'It's Hard to Find a Good Lamp' is included along with several examples of his furniture. The laboured playfulness of Richard Tuttle's pieces (pictured is his Turbulence Chair, 2003) contrasts with Judd's unsmiling asceticism; but the response to much that's featured must be, 'don't give up the day job'.

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