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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all designers and design addicts.
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...
Published on 7 Jan 2007 by T. Broen

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2.0 out of 5 stars a must for every Design lover
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 ....
Published 3 months ago by Rui Filipe Goncalves


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all designers and design addicts., 7 Jan 2007
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T. Broen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (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
4.0 out of 5 stars 999 Classic Designs, 16 May 2006
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars History of the common brilliant object, 1 Feb 2009
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Jorge De Sa Gouveia "sagouveia" (Lisbon, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 3 Oct 2013
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Ms (Wigan, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great books shame about the packaging...., 2 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (Hardcover)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful presentation, 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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2.0 out of 5 stars a must for every Design lover, 6 April 2014
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Rui Filipe Goncalves (Portugal) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (Hardcover)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Books but packaging is a miss!, 28 Dec 2013
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Carcher (Vancouver, BC) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (Hardcover)
Length:: 0:01 Mins

For those who missed the little instruction sticker as I did, here is how to unpack these books without damaging yourself or the books.

Get a partner, grab a side each and just pull, hard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The history of design (including chairs!), 2 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (Hardcover)
A fascinating catalogue of design from the 17th. century to today that covers everything from knives and yachts to computers and crockery. Great volumes to dip into regularly and steadily over several weeks when you have a few minutes spare to find fascinating details about design classics. Eventually you get to the end, but there are far too many chair designs (I am sure the editor has a chair fetish) and probably too many lights as well.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Phaidon Design Book Good - Packaging Design Terrible, 6 May 2006
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Mrs. J. Hunt "jackie" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Phaidon Design Classics: Pts. 1, 2 & 3 (Hardcover)
This book contains some of the best known designs around, and the pages give a very good run down on the inventor and the idea behind each item, when you can get into it.....

The books come locked in a plastic outer casing, which has to be the worst designed casing I have ever seen on any book.

I broke the case in 2 minutes and got the 1st book out in 10, it really is that bad, I also have a 2 inch gauge on my hand where the plastic cut into me. (Shame I have had to spend half of my review on it)

This should not put you off the books themselves look and feel great, I haven't read about all 999 designs yet, but the ones I have read are very informative......

Worth the money? I am not sure, as with anything like this it is their opinion on designs and not mine, but the work that has gone into it makes the price what it is.

Would I recommend someone to buy it, yes but it would have to be a secondhand set that is pre-opened as the hassle getting through the packaging ruined my first impressions......
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