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Designing the 21st Century (Specials) [Paperback]

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How do the brightest and best designers see the future? How do they define form and function, and what role do aesthetics play at the turn of the millennium? In response to these provocative questions, TASCHEN has put together an authoritative book on the future of product, furniture, lighting, ceramic, glassware, and textile design. Including a who's who of the world's most influential designers from superstars to newcomers, and stunning images of their most progressive work, DESIGNING THE 21ST CENTURY is another stand-out book from Charlotte Fiell and Peter Fiell, authors of 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design and others. The Fiells selected talents from the US, England, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Japan, South America, Scandinavia and the Netherlands, and engaged each in a dialog on their visions of the future of design. The diversity of responses paint a fascinating portrait of creative genius, and can be read as a guidebook to what our world wil! l look like in the 21st Century. The book includes contact info for each designer, so it is a practical directory as well as an essential survey. When design historians of 2101 want to see what was going on at "the turn of the millennium," this is the book they'll turn to. Get a jump on the future and grab it now!

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Item Specifications...

Pages   576
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   4.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822858838  
ISBN13  9783822858837  

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More About Charlotte J. Fiell & Peter M. 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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colorfully designed and informing  Mar 15, 2007
Design books are usually better designed ( better be!) than other book categories. No exception for this. Given that I do not work in design but personally do design, I found it a nice introduction to aspiring (or now famed) designers and their terse expression of design view. Do not stop at this book!
Really good, but not quite great  May 4, 2006
Overall, I like this book because you can't beat 300+ pages of full color pictures for 10 bucks. It includes the work or many designers, each designer getting about 4-6 pages. For each designer, there is a picture of the designer, a quote by the designer (in English, German, and French), and several examples of the designer's work. The one thing that really frustrates me is that there are no descriptions of the objects. There is only a title and a year, such as "Handmixer, 1999," but I am often left wondering how an item works or how it evolved in the designer's mind. I guess for that we have to rely on other books, but if all you're looking for is a breif overview of modern design with a lot of nice pictures, this is a good way to go.
easy and accessable information  Mar 11, 2006
I have never had a book like this before with so much nice images of products and so easily accessable at the same time. A book written in three languages at the same time is a great idea.
interested in design  Mar 19, 2004
I like this book, like many of the books from TASCHEN it has great print quality and has a great design itself.
The examples inside are some that I have encountered already others I had never seen before.
Remember since this is not a ten volume work it is only a selection of designs rather than an exhaustive list.
Keeping this in mind, I like the choices the editors made. It has designers from all over the world, is in three languages like most of Taschen publications of this kind and the print quality as mentioned before is superior.
Great book for modern, ultra-contemporary designs  Mar 4, 2003
This book profiles industrial designers and design firms (mostly situated in Europe, as stated by the last reviewer).

It's a great book if you're interested in where industrial and product design is going, rather than where it's been. The product photographs and computer-generated illustrations are plenty and colourful (common to Taschen publications).

I have yet to find any other comparable books on modern, ultra-contemporary and futuristic designs. A must for anyone studying ID or product design or anyone with an interest in design.


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