The Independent Design Guide

Overview

The availability of high design at affordable prices has created a new generation of consumers who are looking for unusual and one-of-a-kind objects.
A growing collector’s market has fueled the interest in young, emerging designers, whose work has become highly sought after, and galleries are opening everywhere to help meet this new demand. This is the first publication to present these recently discovered talents and their creations. The focus is on pieces that are produced ...

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Overview

The availability of high design at affordable prices has created a new generation of consumers who are looking for unusual and one-of-a-kind objects.
A growing collector’s market has fueled the interest in young, emerging designers, whose work has become highly sought after, and galleries are opening everywhere to help meet this new demand. This is the first publication to present these recently discovered talents and their creations. The focus is on pieces that are produced locally or by designer-makers who do not yet have international distribution.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
“A comprehensive review of innovative emerging design trends.

School Arts Magazine
“Original, unusual, contemporary, deconstructive,
and functional. Will inspire creativity and motivate readers to expand their imagination”
Library Journal
A design consultant and former senior editor at Wallpaper* magazine, Houseley aims to offer, as she says, the "best" of "original" current design in this illustrated selection of 450 items created between 2005 and 2008 by over 300 young designers. Although intended to have a worldwide scope, the book features primarily work that is European and American in origin. In Houseley's brief introduction, she mentions several commonalities in passing (e.g., nostalgia, recycling, process, and craft). Grouped into one of five areas—furniture, lighting, accessories, utility, and environment—each object receives a color illustration and 50-plus words of description, followed by contact information and production status. All in all, this is a broad but certainly not exhaustive attempt to show contemporary, generally midmarket design efforts for commercially oriented domestic products. VERDICT Browsable and appealing now; useful as a time capsule in a few years. For design professionals and buyers.—Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500514573
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

A former senior editor at Wallpaper* magazine, Laura Houseley contributes to Tank, The Financial Times, Arena Homme, and other publications. She lives in England.

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