A new book by Lars Lerup tells his story through the objects he designed

The Life and Death of Objects
Lars Lerup | Birkhäuser | $36.99

Midway through his Scientific Autobiography (1981), Aldo Rossi muses:

Perhaps the observation of things has remained my most important formal education; for observation later becomes transformed into memory. Now I seem to see all the things I have observed arranged like tools in a neat row; they are aligned as in a botanical chart, or a catalogue, or a dictionary.

It seems appropriate to begin this review of Lars Lerup’s book The Life and Death of Objects (2022) with Rossi’s reflection. For, like Rossi, Lerup has constructed a distinctly compact, chartered, and personal “Autobiography of a

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