Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings, Documents Stock List

Imagine drawing-up an inventory of every object you use in a day, or every thing you own, or every artefact you value. Any list that emerged would feel at best provisional, at worst it would seem like a futile task. And now if you would, pretend that the exercise was to be conducted on a national scale, and that the resulting document would be used to educate and influence popular public taste in the manufacturing and consumption of the indexed items. This is precisely what the Council for Industrial Design instigated during 1949, in an attempt to drag Britain out of the devastation caused by the second world war. The stock list, compiled by various government departments determined selection for the seminal ‘Festival of Britain’ exhibition and became the template for promoting British products the world over. Between these covers, rests the original stock list; an extraordinary poem to materiality, composed by Britain’s postwar ruling class, accompanied by one hundred images of contemporary products, each determined by their arbitrary retail price of one pound.

From the book ‘Documents Stock List’ by Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings

The typography in the book is really interesting and it attracts the reader. Contrast and dynamic images are used in order to make it attractive and balanced.


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