Kevin Kelly - Vanishing Asia


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A set of 3 books, that captures Asia’s disappearing traditions and vanishing designs by Kevin Kelly.

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Author Kevin Kelly
Publisher Cool Tools
Binding Hardcover
Number of pages 1080
Height (cm) 29
Width (cm) 44
Thickness (cm) 9
Weight (kg) 11.5
Language English
Release date May 2022
ISBN 9781940689067

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"There is no doubt Asia is the future. But its ancient cultures have much to teach us today. In a new world where everyone must think different, traditional ways can help us escape the ordinary. Alternative ways of doing things are the otherness that speeds innovation, diversity and wealth. This huge book of vanishing traditions in Asia is a sourcebook of “otherness” for innovators, designers, makers, and anyone who needs to think different. It is also a magical journey in a time machine to another planet, now long gone."

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly visited 35 countries in Asia and photographed the vanishing traditions of this continent over the course of more than 40 years, calling the Vanishing Asia book set a "love project". In 1080 pages and 9000 images divided into 3 massive books (West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia), he displays a wide range of Asia, its traditions and beauty. In order to fit all these pictures in only three books, their format had to be unusual. Be prepared for three huge but magnificient 16.5 x 11 x 4.5 in. books, together in a stunning slipcase.

A tremendous amount of work has been put into these books to make them worthy of the magnificent photo collection they feature. Printed on heavy glossy paper, these books are an invitation to travel, or, as Kevin describes the Vanishing Asia experience himself, "It really is like taking a trip in a time machine".

This marvelous book set was published thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, raising more than 600 000$ and gathering 2 348 backers worldwide in only 40 days. Check out the campaign right here!

Check out the project's official website for more info and download a pdf sampler of the book.

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