Creating a book, like a building, involves many people - and this one took more than most. Mark and I would like to thank the whole team for their equal amounts of creativity, criticism, passion, and patience during the design and production process: Charles Miers and Meera Deean of Rizzoli; Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss of Non-Format; Noah Olmsted, Claudina Mercado, Courtney Graham, and Marissa Levin of Imaginary Forces; and Jackilin Bloom of Greg Lynn FORM, who has been the constant presence behind nearly all the projects in this book. Guiding -or, more accurately, herding - this team were our superheroes Dung Ngo of Rizzoli and Adam Fure of Greg Lynn FORM.
A special gratitude extends to Robert Violette for his vision throughout the development of the book; without him we'd never have got to the end because we wouldn't have known where to start. Thanks also to Hussein Chalayan, Jane Cohan, Leonard Comess, Ian Davies, Roxy Paine, Elena Sironi, David Terrien, Claire Walsh, and Tom Watt, without whom various things might have gone badly; and especially to my family of design and art history confabulators: Irving and Marilyn Lavin; and Eric, James, and Dee Lynn.
This whole endeavor would not have been possible without by a group of diverse contributors: Ari Marcopoulos, Chris Bangle, Rene Daalder, Sonia Eram, Peter Frankfurt, Jeffrey Kipnis, Sylvia Lavin, Ross Lovegrove, and Peter Shroder-all dear friends, colleagues, and provocateurs. A warm thanks to Richard Weinstein, Wolf Prix, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, and Herbert Muschamp for their advice, support, friendship, and generosity in discussing the book and everything else.
Most of all, I'd like to thank everyone from the office over the years, they have brought the content on these pages to life.