Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern Living by Todd MclellanThings Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern Living by Todd Mclellan

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern Living

byTodd Mclellan

Hardcover | May 21, 2013

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Welcome to Todd McLellan’s unique photographic vision of the material world: fifty design classics—arranged first by size and then by intricacy—are beautifully displayed, piece by piece, exploding in midair and dissected in real-time, frame-by-frame video stills.

This book makes visible the inner workings of some of the world’s most iconic designs. From SLR camera to mantel clock to espresso machine, from iPad to bicycle to grand piano, every single component of each object is revealed. These disassembled objects show that even the most intricate of modern technologies can be broken down and understood, while beautifully illustrating the quality and elegance of older designs. Stunning photography is interspersed with essays by notable figures from the worlds of restoration, DIY, and design innovation who discuss historical examples of teardowns, disassembly, and reverse-engineering.

Each photograph is itself a work of art and offers a reinterpretation of our familiar world. They connect people with the child-like joy of taking something apart to see how it works and will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about the material world.
Todd McLellan is a Toronto-based photographer who specializes in automotive, commercial, and conceptual work.
Title:Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual For Modern LivingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 13.7 × 9.8 × 0.7 inPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0500516766

ISBN - 13:9780500516768


Editorial Reviews

A new book full of gorgeous and meticulously organized photographs of old school and modern tech broken down and laid bare. — The Huffington PostThe photos are enjoyable as pure eye candy, but they also illustrate the history of modern manufacturing. — Wired.comMcLellan’s photographs seek to challenge our disposable culture by making transparent all the things that we regularly throw away. — NPR Picture ShowA geeky adoration of design, disassembly, and tinkering. — Publishers Weekly. . . 50 disassembled classics of mechanical and electronic design, with the components first arrayed in formal order and then in midair freefall. — The New York Times Book ReviewFifty objects and 21,959 components later, Mr. McLellan is still disassembling objects. — Florida WeeklyThis fascinating book showcases unique photos of 50 design classics in a dismantled, meticulously rearranged form—including an iPad, grand piano and an espresso machine. — FrontiersLA.comTruly unique. — Woman Around Town