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World design : the best in classic and contemporary furniture, fashion, graphics and more
Abendroth, Uta.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
432 pages : illustrations ; 25 x 28 cm
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NK1390 .W67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The vivid kaleidoscope of contemporary design comes alive in this whopper of a book. World Design offers an A-to-Z encyclopedia of the greatest designers of the last century, featuring 1000 color photographs of their most distinctive pieces in a tour-de-force visual gallery. Nearly a hundred subchapters discussing styles, movements, and innovations help put a remarkable century of design in context. An invaluable source for the design professional or student and a pure visual delight, World Design is an informative, economical, and entertaining design compendium like no other.

Author Notes

Christian Pixis is a publisher and writer whose most recent work is a book on Henri Cartier-Bresson. He lives in Munich, Germany.

Uta Abendroth is an art and design historian who has written numerous articles for European publications and edits the German magazine Architecture & Living. She lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

This book is a wonderful reminder that good design knows no boundaries--formal, cultural, or otherwise. Instead of focusing on one particular medium (fashion, graphics, decorative arts) or a specific coterie of designers (French, Italian, Swedish), the authors have chosen to do them all. The result is a visual extravaganza of twentieth-century design in all disciplines and from around the world. It is a heady experience to see showcased in one book classic modernist furniture designs by the French master Le Corbusier next to the wild contemporary fashion of Japanese designer Issey Miyake or the cyclone vacuum cleaner designed by John Dyson next to dinnerware by Kaj Franck. The authors have also taken great care to include late '90s creations, such as the new Volkswagen Beetle and the iMac computer, making this book a truly comprehensive overview of twentieth-century design. Organized by designer, in an easy-to-read A-Z format, each entry includes a short text on the designer's background in and contribution to modern design as well as photo samples of the most representative works. An indispensable reference for professionals, students, and aficionados of contemporary design. --Veronica Scrol

Library Journal Review

As the 20th century draws to a close numerous disciplines are being brought into historical perspective, and the design-related fields are no exception. This volume brings together the "best of the best" that designers of the modern era have created. This colorful, delightful, and elegant resource highlights more than 300 designers and their works featuring brief summaries and photographic examples of their most distinctive pieces. In the main section the entries are arranged alphabetically from Aalto to Zanuso. The traditional introduction has been transformed into a thoughtful overview on design and placed after the individual entries. The book concludes with a design chronology that focuses on some of the most notable events for each year from 1900 to 1999. Thoroughly captivating and packed with fun-filled design trivia, this will prove invaluable for the expert, the novice, and the design student. Essential for all types of libraries.--Stephan Allen Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Designers: from Aalto to Zanusop. 13
Disegno, Dessin, Designp. 417
Design chronologyp. 422