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Design of the 20th Century [Paperback]

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The bible of breakthroughs and inspiration (TASCHEN's 25th anniversary special edition) Poised at the start of the 21st century, we can see clearly that the previous century was marked by momentous changes in the field of design. Aesthetics entered into everyday life with often staggering results. Our homes and workplaces turned into veritable galleries of style and innovation. From furniture to graphics, it's all here?the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names - Bernhard, Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colours, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. An A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living.

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Pages   768
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   3.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2005
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822840785  
ISBN13  9783822840788  

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More About Charlotte Fiell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Charlotte Fiell is a leading design historian who has written numerous bestselling books on all aspects of design, from industrial products to graphic communications. She studied at the British Institute in Florence and at Camberwell College of Arts, London, where she received a BA(Hons) in the History of Drawing and Printmaking with Material Science. She later trained at Sotheby's Institute, also in London.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Art & Music > Studio Art > Design
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Modern
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > General
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Commercial > General
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Design > General

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Well Designed Design Book!  Sep 21, 2007
As always, this is a beautifully put together book from Taschen. It has a lot of important information, but tends to be more on the short and concise side as opposed to numerous details. Also, the layout of the book can be frustrating at times, as it's in alphabetical order and not chronological. Which is interesting...
A very good dictionary for designers  Sep 7, 2001
Whether you're an interior, industrial or other sort of designer, an architect, or simply a design conoisseur, this book will help answer almost all your questions about designers, design houses, movements, etc. In addition to this (definitions, biographies, etc.) you'll find an abundance of very good pictures that go with most of the entries, that illustrate them very well.

The only reason I give it four stars is because some topics it seems to cover with lots of detail (a good example is "Herman Miller") while others are left with a few lines. Yes: Herman Miller is a huge name in furniture design, but that doesn't make Gaudi, for example, any smaller.

Richly Illustrated  Jan 3, 2000
A richly illustrated encyclopedia of the most important names, objects and ideas in the history of 20th century design (graphic design, furniture, textile, glass, ceramics and metalware). Featured in its 780 pages are more than 400 one- or two-page articles on design-related styles, individuals, schools, companies and institutions, illustrated by over 700 full-color photographs. (Copyright © by Roy R. Behrens, from Ballast Quarterly Review, Vol 15 No 2, Winter 1999-2000.)
A century of design in your hands  Dec 27, 1999
This is an excellent reference book on 20th century design. It has over 700 color photographs and illustrations and is very well organized. The pocketbook size (5.5 x 7.5 in.) makes it very user friendly.The price point makes it a real bargain.

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