The most innovative, iconic, and influential products ever designed - from 1663 to the present day
Originating from the highly acclaimed and groundbreaking three-volume Phaidon Design Classics, this new book presents 1,000 of the world's greatest objects in one large-format volume - from everyday items by anonymous creators to lauded pieces by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Dieter Rams, Richard Sapper, Hans J. Wegner, and Florence Knoll.
Carefully revised to bring every detail up to date, and with the addition of 100 new items that highlight designers from a diverse variety of backgrounds (including a greater number of female designers) and products from the last 15 years, this collection of the world's greatest product design is more comprehensive, compelling - and relevant - than ever before.
The book showcases celebrated names alongside the new stars of modern design, including Le Corbusier, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Isamu Noguchi, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Lani Adeoye, Faye Toogood, and Lindsey Adelman. Each entry is accompanied by beautiful imagery and a detailed description that offers a rich insight into the product, its history, and its maker, from the renowned Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen to the much-loved Bird Zero e-scooter.
This handsome book is the perfect reference guide for design enthusiasts, industry professionals, and all those interested in the creative process.
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'Beautiful and a must.' - Library Journal, Starred Review
'A chronological overview of some of the most ubiquitous, elegant, and impactful designs from the past four centuries.' - Fast Company
'If you're a hardcore design lover, this book belongs in your library.' - Design Milk
'Sure to be a useful reference guide for industry professionals and design enthusiasts alike.' - Metropolis
'While many of the objects are instantly associated with pioneering designers or brands (the Eames chair, the Nintendo Game Boy), others are so ubiquitous that it is easy to forget that they were designed at all (the paper clip, the egg carton).' - Booklist
'Draws from the three-volume Phaidon Design Classics, but costs less and adds more.' - Core77
'Filled with eye-catching, inspiration-lighting ideas that any design enthusiast will love to explore.' - Werd