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London Design Guide 2012 - 2013 Paperback – 12 Sep 2011


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Spotlight Press (12 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095630981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956309815
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Max Fraser is a design commentator, working across the media of books, magazines, videos, exhibitions and events to broaden the conversation around contemporary design. He is the author of several design books including DESIGN UK and DESIGNERS ON DESIGN, which he co-wrote with Sir Terence Conran. More recently, he set up a small publishing imprint called Spotlight Press to produce design titles including LONDON DESIGN GUIDE and DEZEEN BOOK OF IDEAS. Furthermore, Max delivers content, commentary, and strategy for a variety of public and private bodies in the UK and abroad.

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"I have owned this book for precisely two weeks and my copy is already coffee-stained and dog-eared. The simple reason for this is that it has become a constant reference point and companion for me." --Telegraph magazine, October 2009 (review of first edition)

"Consider getting hold of a copy to be our first step on the path to enlightenment." --Esquire.co.uk, September 21st 2009 (review of first edition)

"Max Fraser's guide is catholic in its tastes, well written, properly designed in itself, undoubtedly a labour of love... a true ensemble effort with a strong sense of purpose." --Design Week, September 3rd 2009 (review of first edition)

"With area-by-area tours of the best shops, museums, hotels and bars it's a must-have."
--Elle Decoration, November 2009 (review of first edition)

About the Author

Max Fraser is a design commentator, author and publisher whose work broadens the conversation around contemporary design. He has authored several design books, including DESIGN UK and DESIGNERS ON DESIGN (co-written by Sir Terence Conran).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Ross on 6 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
The London Design Guide shows you where to go to get the best design in town. The books covers furniture, lighting, glass, textiles, tableware, contemporary prints, art and objets. The focus is on contemporary design, but it also includes where to find vintage originals. From design shops and galleries, to museums and bookshops, this guide reviews the best of the best of London's design scene.

The book is divided into chapters on each design-heavy neighborhood in London, and has maps, photos, and restaurant listings for each district. There are walking routes of the best shops in each area prepared by a design savvy local. The book has everything you need to know to explore the city's creative scene. The design hot spots include Chelsea, Notting Hill, Clerkenwell and Shorditch, but there are listings for places across the whole of the capital.

The guide has been meticulously researched and written by the design commentator Max Fraser, and there are 10 specially commissioned essays by leading design professionals discussing aspects of the design industry, from production and retail, to collecting and salvage. The book is a terrific resource for anyone interested in design in London. My only criticism of it, is that it is printed in such a tiny font, that I found it difficult to read.
The London Design Guide is a snapshot of the design scene today, a celebration of creativity and a practical tool for Londoners and tourists alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BC on 11 Sept. 2012
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A wonderful, pocket-size guide that is small enough to take around with you as you explore London. This compact, colourful book is organised by London's design neighbourhoods (primarily central and east) and includes highlighted maps with detailed descriptions of design shops and studios worth visiting.
I've particularly enjoyed the recommended walks at the start of each chapter, written by local designers including Tom Dixon, Lina Kanafani, Bradley Quinn, etc. - I've discovered new areas even in my own neighbourhood from these adventure walks! They're a great way to spend a weekend day exploring this incredible city by foot. Plus, the restaurant recommendations under "Eat & Drink" at the end of each chapter are dependable and worth trying.

Great find!
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I've never used a guide book so much. It's got me to great shops, and I've discovered some great pieces and good prices. The unexpected bonus is that I've discovered so many parts of London I would never have contemplated ever visiting. I know and enjoy London so much more as a result and have learnt a knew way to discover cities: pick a theme and tour on that basis.
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By Jocelyn Conway on 1 Feb. 2013
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Bought as a stocking filler for Xmas, and the recipient was very pleased, and has visited some of the recommendations
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