FIRST PRINTING NEARLY SOLD OUT
MEDIUM JUNE 12 2018
"Murray’s conviction in his vision comes through every page of this book...The book is at its best when Murray voices his dreams and pens valentines to the designers he worked with through the years." -RICHARD WRIGHT
ROBB REPORT JUNE 29 2018
"Until I read the book, I didn’t realize how much mind manipulation you were engaged in." -ANGELA M H SCHUSTER
MODERN MAGAZINE SPRING 2018
"MOSS, the book, is a lot like MOSS, the store, which is to say entertaining, titillating, genre-bending, and subversive...This is Murray -- and Franklin-- unfiltered and unmediated, as they divulge the thinking, questioning, agonizing, and philosophizing behind their decision making. You feel right there with them as they navigate the period before design became a full-blown cultural force--and before e-commerce disrupted traditional retail. It's insightful, it's funny, it's devastating, it's...well..touching." -JEN RENZI
DEZEEN JUNE 14, 2018
"The story of Please Do Not Touch is one of hubris and fall, but also one of discovery and delight, as you watch Moss and Getchell fall in love with objects (many of them illustrated in what is a combination coffee table tome and double memoir), explain them, and then sell them to us – for real in the store, and virtually in this book." -AARON BETSKY
NEW YORK TIMES APRIL 10 2018 "Written as dueling monologues, the book offers a lively cultural history of Manhattan at the turn of the millennium. It is a love story — to the city, to the designers they featured and to each other — and it is very funny." -PENELOPE GREEN
GOTHAM MAY/JUNE 2018
"Visually striking and creatively capitvating" -LAUREN EPSTEIN
ARCH DIGEST APRIL 2018 "...giddy delight..." -MAYER RUS
CURBED APRIL 2 2018 "A most compelling memoir" -KELSEY KEITH
SURFACE APRIL 3 2018 "Thoroughly entertaining" -AILEEN KWUN
AMAZON READER REVIEWS
"A cornucopia of wonders. This exquisitely produced book is filled with history, culture, design, autobiography, humor and a little leg-pulling too. My only regret is that I didn’t receive my copy in the depths of winter because this is a book to snuggle up with, to cure cabin fever, and to relish when no other responsibilities call." - -ANN M. ALTMAN
AVENUE MAGAZINE Spring 2018
"Please Do Not Touch is full of fun and absurdities--a double self-inflicted spoof..." -Asher Edelman
A witty and revealing memoir of the mid-1990s, when high design became art and there was no more exclusive club for high design than MOSS.
For almost twenty years the SoHo design gallery MOSS was the place where design, art, money, and glamour mixed. Murray Moss, the impresario behind the shop, and his partner, Franklin Getchell, were the leading arbiters of good taste and the new--launching the careers of now-established designers such as Studio Job and Maarten Baas while bringing back into fashion eighteenth-century porcelain and Tupperware. By mixing high and low MOSS shifted the design conversation from the galleries of MoMA to a storefront in SoHo. Please Do Not Touch is their witty insider confessions of that exciting time.
Natural storytellers, Moss and Getchell effortlessly weave entertaining and revealing tales that take the reader behind the scenes of MOSS's famous opening night parties and spectacular projects and partnerships with never-before-seen photographs from their personal archives. A memoir by two legends of modern design, Please Do Not Touch is sure to become a "bible" for cognoscenti and students alike--transporting lovers of modern design back to the time when high design first broke all barriers.
AT THE RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE
BEEN THERE. DID THAT.
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN MUSEUM
BEEN THERE. DID THAT.
BEEN THERE. DIDN'T DO THAT BECAUSE FLIGHT DIVERTED TO CLEVELAND
RJ JULIA BOOKSTORE AT THE DISTRICT
470 JAMES STREET NEW HAVEN 06513
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