From the ornate cathedrals of Renaissance Europe to the much-maligned Ford Edsel of the late 1950s, all products of human design communicate much more than their intended functions. In an argument that touches upon such disparate subjects as the Japanese tea ceremony, Italian mannerist painting, and Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, the author of Time and the Art of Loving turns his attention to the role of design in our daily lives.
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