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Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2006


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 3300 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714843997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714843995
  • Product Dimensions: 35.6 x 26.7 x 55.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'a mine of information about those little everyday things we never think about - impressive in its scale and ambition - as a reference book Phaidon Design Classics is invaluable and will not need replacing as nearly as soon as that 'timeless' iPod.'
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'an intriguing journey not only through the history of design, but also through a history of taste and culture.'
Design Week

'999 of the best-designed things ever ... What the Oxford dictionary is to words, this is to man-made objects. ... You won't want to put it down'
The Guardian

‘The ultimate reference tool…’
Home Accents Today

‘Smartly written and lavishly illustrated, Design Classics is an extraordinarily ambitious attempt to catalogue items of “aesthetic value and timeless quality.”’
Art + Auction

‘Creative cross-fertilization is a recurring theme in these volumes, which are so engagingly written they would be great bedside reading.’
The Philadelphia Inquirer

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Broen on 7 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
This 11kg compilaion of the 999 "best" design is a great source of inspiration and information. With short but precise descriptions, and pictures of all kinds of designs, you will get a good overview of some of the most influential designs in history. Off course, as with all other books about "great design", you will probably disagree with the authors on quite a few designs. But thats how design works. It's all very interesting after all.

Worth every penny...
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on 16 May 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Phaidon Design Classics contains fascinating articles about nearly 1000 items, in 3 heavy volumes. I would recommend them to anyone who has the slightest interest in why things are the way they are.

The text is concise, but packed with detail, and the contributors clearly have a passion for the objects that they describe. The illustrations are given plenty of space, and the patent application line drawings are particular effective. The choice of entries is wide and varied, but the Editors do seem to have a liking for chairs. There are 180 of them, and that's not including stools, chaises longues, sofas, etc.!

The case looks attractive, and has a useful carrying handle, but satisfies none of the requirements of a classic design, being completely impossible to open.

My son asked "Why not 1000 designs?" Well I suppose there always has to be room for one more. If they are so keen on seating, my vote would be for the most valuable and widely used "Throne" of them all, Thomas Crapper's U-bend flush toilet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jorge De Sa Gouveia on 1 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
Absolute brilliant one page per item review of the 999 most important industrial design objects ever made. Great text meet wonderful pictures. Too bad the copy I bought didn't include the black shelf to place the three volumes. And I don't know why it didn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms on 3 Oct 2013
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Superb set of books, interesting great quality. Case is really badly designed which is ironic really. But as they are big books they stand up well any way very happy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By markemporer on 2 Jan 2014
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Three beautifully presented volumes with 999 design classics, beautiful photos, diagrams and fascinating descriptions - it is easy to while away the hours completely engrossed...the only criticism is that for books detailing design classics the plastic frame that these are presented in is very poorly designed. Mine broke into pieces when I tried to open it I am still not sure what the correct method is...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FionaR on 28 Feb 2013
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These books were bought as a gift, the beautiful simple covers and the lovely objects inside give for hours of easy leisure browsing, a great tool to learn more about design classics too.
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but very expensive since amazon ended the FREE SAVE Delivery for some countries in Europe such as Portugal ...

... with that increase of price ... it's not worth buy it ... at least for portuguese costumers ....
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