Twenty Over Eighty (Paperback)

Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

By Aileen Kwun, Bryn Smith

Princeton Architectural Press, 9781616892814, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

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Twenty Over Eighty is a collection of insightful, intimate, and often irreverent interviews with twenty architecture and design luminaries over the age of eighty. Revealing conversations with leaders from a variety of fields—including graphic designers Seymour Chwast, Milton Glaser, Lora Lamm, and Deborah Sussman; architects Michael Graves, Denise Scott Brown, and Stanley Tigerman; urbanist Jane Thompson; industrial designer Charles Harrison; furniture designer Jens Risom; and critic Ralph Caplan—spotlight creators, thinkers, and pioneers whose lifelong dedication to experimentation and innovation continues to shape their disciplines well into their ninth decade.
Twenty Over Eighty is not only a record of the remarkable histories and experiences of design's most influential figures but also a source of knowledge and inspiration for contemporary creatives and generations to come.

About the Author

Aileen Kwun is a writer, editor, and critic based in New York. Her work has appeared in Domus, Dwell, Icon, Metropolis, and Surface, among other publications.

Bryn Smith is a graphic designer, writer, and critic. She lives in New York and has taught at Cooper Union, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Praise For Twenty Over Eighty: Conversations on a Lifetime in Architecture and Design

"A wide range of sage advice..One thing is certain: Design is this crowd's fountain of youth." -Surface

"You want inspiration? Buy this book! It is as simple as that." -Eye Magazine

"This book offers readers the next best thing to sitting down with these interesting and influential designers, whose insights, reflections, and personalities will ignite passion in anyone with a penchant for design." -Library Journal

"Presented in a Q&A format, Twenty Over Eighty teems with perspective from a time when the design profession was just beginning to be codified. The compact volume guides readers through a generation of designers whose pioneering ideas shaped the world as we know it." -Quartz

"It is one of the most engrossing books we have come across so far.a constant source of inspiration and information." -New York Spaces

"In their book Twenty Over Eighty, magazine editor Aileen Kwun and graphic designer Bryn Smith have wisely bucked the trend of a youth-obsessed culture through stimulating interviews with the elders of the architecture and design worlds." -Architectural Record

"If there was ever a strong argument for the value in listening to your elders, it lies in this book." -Metropolis magazine

"By highlighting each creative professional's character and integrity, Kwun and Smith deftly unveil how each one was able to nourish ideas while allowing for reflection on the most meaningful ups and downs of his or her respective career." -Architecture Boston