“A chair is the first thing you need when you don’t really need anything,” wrote Ralph Caplan. “And is therefore a peculiarly compelling symbol of civilization. For it is civilization, not survival, that requires design.” One of the best design critics of our time, a fantastic writer and an inspiring teacher, Ralph Caplan can now add AIGA Medalist to his list of titles.
For more than half a century, Caplan has been giving a voice to the objects and buildings with which we live, and it is through his words that the world has come to understand what is design. Caplan’s Cracking the Whip and By Design: Why There are No Locks on the Bathroom Doors in the Hotel Louis XIV and Other Object Lessons are must-reads for any design advocate. Learn more about Caplan’s work in this inspiring biography by Julie Lasky.