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Icons of Design: The 20th Century (Icons Series) [Hardcover]

Volker Albus , Reyer Kras , Jonathan M. Woodham


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1 April 2000 Icons Series
An overview of the history of design which tells the story of 80 ordinary items which gained iconic status during the course of the 20th century. The introductory essay explains how an object becomes iconic and the method the editors used to select the internationally diverse spectrum of design objects shown and discussed in the book. Raymond Loewy's streamlined pencil sharpeners, the classic Italian expresso maker, the VW bug, Lego and Ron Arad's "bookworm" shelf all earn their inclusion through the impact they have had on the 20th-century design. Each object is presented on a double-page with text by design historians and designers.

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‘This beautifully produced flexi-cover book offers new ways to see and appreciate the things we take for granted.’ -- Courier Journal (South Oxon), August 4, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Volker Albus is a professor of product design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Reyer Kras is a design curator at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jonathan M. Woodham is professor of the History of Design at the University of Brighton, England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Photos and Interesting Text 12 July 2000
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Format:Hardcover
This book is really great for those of us interested in the evolution of design in the 20th century. Moving chronologically, the book showcases some familiar as well as some forgotten design marvels. The photography is really top quality and the short essays which accompagny each piece are interesting. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Photos and Interesting Text 12 July 2000
By "susanandrews" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is really great for those of us interested in the evolution of design in the 20th century. Moving chronologically, the book showcases some familiar as well as some forgotten design marvels. The photography is really top quality and the short essays which accompagny each piece are interesting. I loved it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee table book 5 April 2011
By Fabulous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this compulation of design photographs of products and all things design. A fun coffee table book and definitely something for every designer.
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