The Independent Design Guide

The Independent Design Guide

by Laura Houseley
     
 

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.See more details below

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500514573
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
06/29/2009
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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