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Twenty-first Century Design [Hardcover]

Marcus Fairs

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11 May 2009
"Twenty-first Century Design" is a fascinating survey of the contemporary design landscape, guiding the reader through the intoxicating array of contemporary movements, styles and trends, and identifying today's leading designers, as well as future design classics. This pioneering publication places the contemporary scene in a historic framework and explores cultural and economic forces shaping design now and in the years to come. Accessible and engaging, it charts the incredible explosion of design worldwide and discusses cross-fertilization between design movements in what is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting industries in the world.

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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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Journalist, lecturer and entrepreneur Marcus Fairs, formerly founding editor of the architecture and design magazine, icon, is editor of online design magazine Dezeen (www.dezeen.com). Winner of several journalism awards, Marcus wrote and presented a documentary about Philippe Starck (BBC, 2003), has appeared in the TV series Home (BBC, 2006) and in September 2007 devised and curated the Trash Luxe exhibition of recycled design at Liberty's (September 2007). He is also the author of Green Design (Carlton, March 2009). Marcus lives in London, England.

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