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Disappointing Deyan

Deyan Sudjic’s latest book has come under heavy fire

A review in The Times last Saturday describes the Design Museum director’s descriptions of aspects of the modern world including Ikea,YouTube and the Jumbo Jet as ‘glib generalisations … [which] start flaking away like cheap paint on a mouldy wall’.

Described in the review as an ‘un-indexed ragbag’, the book, B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World, is said by its publisher Particular Books to provide a discussion of themes Sudjic finds important and holds dear – told through his own experiences.

But the review slams Sudjic’s anecdotes: ‘Sudjic spends so long limbering up with urbane anecdotes about fashionable names in the design world (dropped in without any explanation or context to enlighten the general reader) that he has no space to tackle the really meaty subjects to which he alludes.’ Ouch!

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