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Twenty-first Century Design Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Carlton Books Ltd (2 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844422690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844422692
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 24.7 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'm a design journalist and entrepreneur and the founder and editor-in-chief of online architecture and design magazine Dezeen (www.dezeen.com).

One of the world's most popular and influential design websites, Dezeen gets over a million unique visits every month and was named as one of the 100 most important forces in global design by both Time magazine and AD magazine.

Previously I was launch editor of international architecture and design magazine Icon, which I edited from 2003 to 2006. Before that I worked for and on a variety of publications including The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Blueprint, The Independent, Building Magazine and Building Design.

I'm the author of the best-selling book Twenty-First Century Design, first published in 2006 by Carlton Books. The first edition sold out and was reissued in June 2009. My second book, Green Design, was published in March 2009 by Carlton Books.

I edited and wrote much of Dezeen Book of Ideas, a compilation of over 100 of the most original and inspiring designs from www.dezeen.com, which was published in September 2011.

My television experience includes Profiles: Philippe Starck, which I wrote and presented for BBC4 in 2003, and numerous on-screen contributor roles in documentary series including Home (BBC2, 206) and The National Trust (Channel 4, 2004).

I have won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002), Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004), Launch of the Year for Icon magazine (2003), BSME Brand-Building Initiative of the Year (2002) and AOP Digital Business Publisher of the Year for Dezeen (2012).

I live and work in London and am married with two children. My interests include gardening, snowboarding and playing guitar.

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"Marcus Fairs knows a thing or two about design" -- Sunday Telegraph, 8 October 2006

From the Inside Flap

Design is no longer the passion of a wealthy elite. Today, good
design can be found in affordable brands that bring stylish products to
everyone, and Twenty-First Century Design embraces the emerging trends,
designers and key projects that are shaping our world and impacting on our

The dawn of the twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of
creativity in just about every field of design. There is a new spirit in
the air and in just a few years, the assumptions of the last century about
how things should look and function have been overturned by a new wave of
designers employing an astonishing variety of styles and approaches.
Architecture, furniture and product design are in the throes of a

Meanwhile, the public's appetite for design is higher than ever before:
there has never been as much interest in the subject as there is today.
Right now, design is arguably the most exciting of all the creative
disciplines and this book is the essential guide to every aspect of
international design at the start of the twenty-first century.

Intelligently and provocatively written by the editor of icon magazine,
Marcus Fairs, Twenty-First Century Design places the contemporary scene in
a historic framework and explores the cultural and economic forces shaping
design now and in the future.

Marcus Fairs explains the vigorous debates under way in - and between -
different areas of design in a way that is accessible and engaging, and
looks at both the avant-garde and mass-market ends of the design spectrum.

Stunning full-colour photographs illustrate over 200 of the most popular
and groundbreaking "future classics" of design, from architecture, urban
planning and interiors through lighting, furniture and homeware to products
and visual communication.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hema on 26 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
First of all i just want to say that i am so happy to get this book. At the beggining i was not sure if i should get it or not, specially because there was no reviews of this book before... But i am more than pleased to have this book now.
I am an Architecture student, but i have huge interest on all the design fields, like Interior, Product, Fashion, Furniture, Lighting and Visual communication Design, which this book covers it all and represents it so beautifully!
I believe that all the Design fields are related nowadays,Architectural building with clothing texture and a Tea/Coffee pot with Architectural design!
Gorgeous photographs and easy text. This book is worth every penny!(even more the Amazon prices)
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