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I went through this book examining the context of the illustrations for what was missing. As a document for the future the concept was flawed. This should have had the title "The Design Museum Book of Twentieth Century Design Showing only The Best Rather Than Typical". Architecture from Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus designs are all very well but what about the concrete brutalism which could have been english council flats or communist era apartment blocks?
And among cars,Porsche, Beetles, citroen 2CV, model T Ford. This list lacks the counterpoint of dogs like an Austin Princess.
i could have done with a Leica without the gold plating and a Kodak 127 but No Hasselblad. A Swatch but no Rolex is the other extreme.
Obviously the book would have been twelve heavy volumes if there were examples as I cited but at the end of the book it seems like there was a coda or epilogue missing. What about the ridiculous obsession with labels and brands that seem to occupy the consumer. And does design now mean Ikea or rubbish made in China and the only items that will make their way into the Design Museum in the future will be limited editions by exclusive designers which have no relevance for any average consumer at all?
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on 23 January 2004
This book is the most helpful book Ive found, this got me through my GCSE, Alevels and now my degree. I brought it for my dad when it 1st came out, it is the most read book in our house, and now ive left home im having to buy it for myself. Not only is it a good resource book, its really intresting too. The Information isnt big blokes of text, small sections that you can read any time you have a few mins.
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on 10 December 2004
What a marvellous little book this is. Manages to capture the spirit and feel of design in the 20th century concisely and descriptively, and incorporating good quality images. This is a worthy addition to the bookcase as a quick reference guide to the diversity and richness of innovative design throughout the 20th century.
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on 21 July 2016
The book arrived on time, but is about a quarter of the size I was expecting, and the book is so old that the cover is actually yellowing. I did not go for the cheapest one, because I bought it for my daughter's art foundation course, and I didn't want one that had been scrawled all over by someone else. However, I didn't realise that it would be the size of a standard novel, so I felt very ripped off by this seller, having been charged over £17 for it. I really should have paid about half that.
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on 23 May 2010
The best thing to do, if one is seriously interested in design in all its aspects, is to read two pages per day for about 7 months. The wealth of information in this little gems is impressive. As a gift for a youngster with a budding interest in form; buy this book as he/she will treasure this book for life.
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on 16 September 2010
Amazing book to flick through and enjoy. Well laid out sections of interior, architecture and so on. Really helpful book as I'm going into an Art History course which will feature some design aspects and architecture. Great starting point for any one who has an interest!
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on 21 June 1999
An easy to follow pictorial book. With great follow up of the past centuries design classics. Enjoyable to read through past and present designs.
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on 17 October 2015
Pictures of stuff
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on 16 February 2000
A wonderfull book, but lacks many areas of design. would like to see fewer cliches from the design museum, and more "real" design from the real world. including the world of show & shop design, Where is the work of Din,Kelly,Savage,Garrett, Casson,Molloy,& Coates? for example?
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