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(Copyright 2013 Todd McLellan. Photo reproduced with the permission of Thames & Hudson)

The Best Gifts to Give to the Art Lover in Your Life

This holiday season consider our selection of books and trinkets for the creative type

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living

(Copyright 2013 Todd McLellan. Photo reproduced with the permission of Thames & Hudson)

$29.95

Todd McLellan has a funny way of showing his adulation for the design of everyday objects. In his latest book Things Come Apart, the Canadian photographer dissects 50 consumer products, including an iPod, a Swiss Army knife and a Homelite chainsaw. He then presents them in two formats, one a neat, organized arrangement of all the object’s pieces and the other a chaotic shot of them tossed up in the air. The series will make you think twice about that weathered Raleigh bike, made from 893 parts, in your garage.

Things Come Apart: A Teardown Manual for Modern Living

Suggested by Megan Gambino, staff writer

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