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Icons of design : the 20th century
Kras, Reyer.
Publication Information:
Munich ; London : Prestel, [2000]

Physical Description:
183 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles (some color), portraits ; 30 cm
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Central Library NK1390 .I36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The story of how 80 familiar objects won iconic status during the 20th century, complete with full-colour illustrations.

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Prestel Publishing has produced a chronological snapshot of design in the 20th century. An ideal coffee-table book with more than 200 beautiful full-color photographs and intriguing tidbits of design history, Icons offers a thumbnail-sized picture of the designers and a brief chronology of the designers' lives in the edge of the pages. The editors have selected both "high design" objects and "popular" objects. The "high design" objects range from Raymond Loewy's Streamlined Pencil Sharpener to Castigloni's Arco Lamp. The "popular" objects range from Barbie to the Zippo lighter. In total, 83 "icons" are presented, beginning with the Underwood typewriter from 1900 and ending with virtual reality from 2000. This book is similar in format and philosophy to Quintessence: The Quality of Having It, by Betty Cornfeld and Owen Edwards (1983). An alternative book for those who want a more complete chronology is Design of the 20th Century by Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell (1999), with some 700 color illustrations in an encyclopedic format. (Speaking metaphorically,Icons is the USA Today and Design is the New York Times of design history.) General readers; lower-division undergraduates; professionals; two-year technical program students. S. Visser; Purdue University

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