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The Genius of Design Hardcover – Illustrated, 5 Mar 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (5 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844007537
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844007530
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chronologically ordered into five chapters, The Genius of Design...ceelbartes not only 'design heroes' of the last 200 years but also the democratic forces of machine production and mass consumption. An insightful and provaocative read, this book is perfect for anyone with an interest in design." --Concept For Living magazine, February 2010

"Traces the history of modern design and the role of political, cultural and economic forces shaping it." --The Bookseller, 8th January 2010

"Penny Sparke explores design classics that have shaped our world , from snuff boxes and inflatable chairs to the creation of tupperware and the rise of the Scandinavian aesthetic." --Psychologies, January 2010

"Based onm the BBC Televison series. Provides an accessible overview of good design, which can be embraced to improve our own environment."
--Self Build & Design, December 2010

About the Author

Penny Sparke, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Kingston University, has taught the History of Design over the last thirty years at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. She has also lectured, curated exhibitions, broadcast and published books including An Introduction to Design and Culture in the Twentieth Century, Design in Context, As Long As It's Pink: The Sexual Politics of Taste and, most recently, The Modern Interior. Professor Sparke has represented the History of Design on the Arts and Humanities Research Council; she is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a Fellow of the Society of Arts. Author Location: London


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The Genius of Design is, in itself, genius!

The cover alone is a design classic and you won't be disappointed once you flick through its interior.

A joy for designers and those who simply admire design of all ages.

A beautiful and thought provoking addition to any coffee table.
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Not sure why this book was so cheap but it certainly seems great value for money at this price. It was purchased as a Christmas present for an expert in mid-century furniture design so I am not sure of the value they may find from the content but I trust they appreciated the intent.
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The book doesn't concentrate on the genius of design as stated. It actually tell you mostly about design history. As a product designer, I find it a bit bored to read.
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