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Industrial Design A-Z (Klotz) [Italian] [Paperback]

Charlotte Fiell , Peter Fiell
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April 2006 Klotz
If you take even the slightest interest in the design of your toothbrush, the history behind your washing machine, or the evolution of the telephone, you'll take an even greater interest in this new book. Individual designers and design firms can be referenced directly via the A-Z of Industrial Design section. Here, you'll find the likes of Enzo Ferrari, Philippe Starck, Zanussi and Apple Computer, among many others. Exploding with color, aesthetic, and style, "Industrial Design" is both informative and fun. You'll have a hard time putting it down. This is an invaluable reference book!


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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Taschen 25 anniversary ed edition (April 2006)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 3822852651
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822852651
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 14.2 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,610,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlotte J. and Peter M. Fiell run a design consultancy in London specializing in the sale, acquisition, study and promotion of design artifacts. They have lectured widely, curated a number of exhibitions, and written numerous articles and books on design and designers, including TASCHEN'S 1000 Lights, 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A-Z, Designing the 21st Century, and Scandinavian Design.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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From Stickley to Saarinen, Fiat to Alfa Romeo, Braun to Bosch, Raymond Loewy and others, this book presents a concise and good read for both the expert and novice on (primarily) 20th Century Design. If you want to find out who are/were the movers/shakers of the Nouveau/Deco/Bauhaus/Postmodern styles, this is your book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essencial Book for designers 24 Oct 2013
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I think this is a perfect book for designers who want to know about the most famous products and designers in the world.
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This is another Taschen guide on 20th century design, however this one is probably the most general one, as it does not focus on a specific product / product class, or a specific designer or era but aims to give an overview of the late 19th to the first years of the 21st century generally. It will range from soaps, to cars, to planes, clothing, furniture, in fact pretty much any class of consumer product is likely to feature somewhere inside.

It is divided into two main parts (after the customary 2 page broad brush stroke introduction) - the first one focusing on various designers and companies, and the second one on the trends, materials and techniques.

As said, the first of those parts is neither designer, nor product centric but is an eclectic mix of Manufacturer, Designer and Product entries. They range from one to 5 pages per entry and include at least one picture and a brief description. These will of course not provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the designer / company in question but they will at least give you a short overview - more of a cocktail party conversation piece knowledge than an expert debate foundation.

The second part will deal with things such as new materials (aluminium, carbon fibre, etc.), product trends (streamlining, aerodynamics...) and general trends (branding, essentialism...). Again a short 1-5 pages piece is written on each and you will get a similar depth as in the first part.

As the book is quite hefty (even by Taschen standards), it omits the usual tri-lingual presentation and is in one language only - this for instance is only in English. Therefore beware what you are buying, if you are not fluent in all the usual Taschen languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone interested in design 2 Aug 2002
By Arman Harutyunyan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent source of information and inspiration for anyone interested in design - not only industrial design, though the book covers the topic very well, but design in general, as a form of art. Filled with short biographies of famous designers and quick historical overviews of firms that made impact on design, this books gives an excellent overview of the development of functional design in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Aside from this, it has two very interesting sections - "Themes and Materials" and "Case Studies." "Themes and Materials" focuses just on that - the main directions and trends of design in the past two centuries, as well as revolutionary materials that changed the way people worked, played and consumed. "Case Studies" presents several case studies of ordinary (in our view) products, such as the iron, the typewriter, the telephone, etc., and the way the design of these products has changed to reflect their times. The book also includes a design timeline with most important industrial design milestones.
The only negative things I can say about this book is that it focuses mainly on US, European (German, Italian and Scandinavian, more specifically) and Japanese firms and inventors, and very little, if anything at all, is said about designers and firms from Canada, South America, Eastern Europe, the countries of the former Soviet Union and Asia.
Overall, it is an excellent reference and guide for anyone interested in design and creative thinking. Like all Taschen books, this book is well written, concise yet articulate; beautifully illustrated and printed.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Industrial Design 31 Dec 2000
By Jennifer I. Beyer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a great general reference for the world of industrial design. It not only covers top firms and designers, but includes a section on materials and their influence on design. It is not a judgement of good or bad design, but rather a chance to look at all approaches to consumer product development. The images are beautiful, and the book itself is very well-designed. As an industrial design student, the struggle to find interesting text is constant--this one does the trick.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INDISPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYDAY THINGS & HOW THEY GOT THERE 17 Jan 2001
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If you take even the slightest interest in the design of your toothbrush, the history behind your washing machine, or the evolution of the telephone, you'll take an even greater interest in this new book. This comprehensive volume traces more than three hundred designers and design-led companies, with more than seven hundred illustrations of their most important designs.
Individual designers and design firms can be referenced directly via the A-Z of Industrial Design section, which covers more than 550 pages; here you'll find the likes of Enzo Ferrari, Philippe Starck, Zanussi and Apple Computer, among many others. The Case Studies section tracks the history of everyday household appliances from their very beginnings to the present day, illustrating how, for example, your washing machine made the fascinating journey from a wooden tub with gears and cranks to the sleek white cube that it is today. For those interested in the more technical side of industrial design, there's the Themes and Materials section, referencing technological developments and processes such as plywood, steam power and plastics and introducing topics ranging from packaging and branding to CAD (computer assisted design).
Exploding with color, aesthetics, and style, Industrial Design is informative and fun. You'll have a hard time putting it down and it will change the way you look at everything around you.
4.0 out of 5 stars My sister liked it 19 Feb 2014
By NAOMI - Published on Amazon.com
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We gave this as a gift to my sister, who studies Industrial Design and she liked it. It has curious content
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the right learner 25 Nov 2013
By Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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Not the most current volume, but reasonably priced. If you're interested in Industrial Design or product design in general, you can't go wrong with this. There are a lot of references to 'landmark' products that are not shown, but if you read it with your tablet next to you, like I do, you can be as deep as you wish. If you are into digging information, one page can branch out into multiple dimensions of learning when using along a tablet or laptop. Consider it an index, rather than an all-encompassing bible.
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