Skin: Surface, Substance + Design

Every object has a skin. Thick or thin, smooth or rough, porous or impermeable, the skin is the line between the hidden inside and the outside we experience. Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design presents products, furniture, fashion, architecture, and media that are expanding the limits of what we understand as surface. Reflecting the convergence of natural and artificial life, this provocative and stimulating book shows how enhanced and simulated skins appear everywhere in our contemporary world. Designers today manipulate the relationship between the inside and outside of objects, garments, and buildings, creating skins that both reveal and conceal, skins that have depth and complexity as well as their own behaviors and identities. 


Ellen Lupton
Skin: Surface, Substance + Design
Princeton Architectural Press and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2002



Exhibition at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Designed by ARO




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