Design-guru Stephen Bayley approaches the thorny and sometimes
elitist topic of 'taste' with typical wit, drawing on his expertise in a number
of fields from fashion to food
• A new edition of a classic book, brought
into the new millennia by Bayley's concise critique of modern design
How do we define taste? The only certainty
is that it shifts and changes - sometimes abruptly. With the explosion of
vulgar consumerism in the mid-nineteenth century, the Victorians seized upon
the notion of 'good taste' as a way of codifying middle-class mores. A century
later, to talk about taste had become almost taboo, since judgments made about
dress, manners, food and art can often be painfully revealing. And today?
When this classic text was first published in 1991, Stephen Bayley
illuminated the nuances and niceties of our mercurial understanding of taste.
In this new edition, he ranges far and wide to bring us exquisitely up to date.