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Icons of Design: The 20th Century [Paperback]

Volker Albus , Reyer Kras , Jonathan M. Woodham


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12 Aug 2004
From the typewriter to the Apple Mac, "Icons of Design" includes the finest examples of furniture, accessories, household appliances, vehicles and toys that have transcended their everyday utility to achieve iconic status over the course of the twentieth century. From the Rolex watch to the mobile phone, each item is examined in colourful double-page spreads, which include illustrations of its use and a brief biography of the designer. In addition, an introductory essay explains how an object becomes an icon and outlines the criteria the editors used to select their subjects. Filled with photographs, this beautifully produced flexi-cover volume offers new ways to see and appreciate the things we use every day.

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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

About the Author

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.

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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 13 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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