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A Dictionary of Modern Design (Oxford Paperback Reference) [Paperback]

Jonathan M. Woodham
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23 Feb 2006 Oxford Paperback Reference
From Jacobsen to Tupperware, this fascinating new dictionary of Modern Design covers the period from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. Both wide-ranging and comprehensive, it covers commercial design mass manufacture, as well as high art terms and aesthetic movements. Over 2,000 entries on names and movements from the past 150 years of design include ceramics, furniture, graphics, industrial design, interiors, and fashion, major museums and heritage sites, as well as biographical entries on designers and manufacturers. The dictionary, international in focus, also covers key design concepts, design terminology, and important design institutions. Other features include timelines of key design events and movements, and an index of author names for easy reference. It also features funky illustrations at every letter's opening page, with zeitgeist design concepts from Action Man and Barbie to Ferrari and Electrolux. Written in a clear, accessible style, and with more comprehensive coverage than any of the other design dictionaries available, the Dictionary of Modern Design is an essential reference tool for students, and a useful addition to every designer's and artist's studio shelf.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (23 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192806394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192806390
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This marvelously compiled dictionary will answer just about any reference question on modern design. -- Library Journal, April 2005

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Jonathan Woodham is Professor of the History of Design and Director of the Design History Research Center at the University of Brighton. He is the author of Twentieth Century Design (OUP, 1997).

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Aalto, Aino (1894-1949) The work of the Finnish designer Aino Aalto (nee Marsio), like the American designer Ray *Eames, has tended to be overshadowed by the work of her husband, a process in which historians have colluded.  Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Shortcomings 4 Dec 2012
The book does not give us enough new facts or insights if compared to the design dictionaries that are already on the market. Crucial terms are missing like the Dutch design company DROOG for example. That is sad and needs to be corrected.
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