The Design Book


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Author Editors of Phaidon
Publisher Phaidon
Date 2013
Cover Hardcover
Dimensions 5.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 in., 511 pages
A "design classic" is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. The objects in this book - all of which are still in production today - are presented chronologically: each on a single page with a large image and a concise caption, written by one of over fifty experts in the field of design. These texts provide a historical context, with key information about the development of the design, and an explanation as to why that particular design is important and groundbreaking.

Discover 500 of the most innovative, influential, and enduring products from the last five centuries in one compact and highly collectable volume. The Design Book  presents iconic pieces by Le Corbusier, Philippe Starck, the Eames, and the Apple design team, alongside classic objects such as the paper clip, the hurricane lantern, and the martini glass. Each entry pairs an image with a descriptive caption, providing accessible information about the product, designer, manufacturer, and history. Take an extraordinary journey through the objects that have improved our functionality, shaping our society and culture today.