Masterpieces of Modern Design

Masterpieces of Modern Design

by Catherine McDermott
     
 

This visually stunning collection features more than 370 iconic works from the modern age. Showcasing creations by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philippe Starck, Christian Dior, Saul Bass, Rem Koolhaus, Vivienne Westwood, and many others, Masterpieces of Modern Design is a celebration of artistic diversity that covers everything from advertising and architectureSee more details below

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This visually stunning collection features more than 370 iconic works from the modern age. Showcasing creations by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philippe Starck, Christian Dior, Saul Bass, Rem Koolhaus, Vivienne Westwood, and many others, Masterpieces of Modern Design is a celebration of artistic diversity that covers everything from advertising and architecture to fashion and furniture to communication devices and film. It's an essential reference for students, artists, professional designers, and anyone with an eye for beauty and innovation.

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Library Journal
McDermott (design history, Kingston Univ., London) has assembled over 370 diverse objects and assemblages of objects into an informal best-of list for the 20th century. It's easy to nitpick lists like this—Why choose the stodgy Queen Mary over the sleek Normandie or the speedy United States to exemplify the best of ocean liner design?—but McDermott showcases winners, such as the iconic rocket-sled style Electrolux vacuum cleaner. She organizes the book into "Fashion," "Architecture," "Interiors," "Homeware," "Packaging," "Lighting," "Furniture," "Products," "Transport," "Type," "Advertising," "Communications," and the rather nebulous "Futures." While some inclusions are very specific, e.g., the Coffee Table IN-50 by Isamu Noguchi, other items are as broad as the entire output of the Italian designer Giorgio Armani and his stable of assistants. Each of the 370 entries has a photograph (some better than others) and a page of text best read in bright sun with a magnifying glass. The descriptions set the items in historical context and discuss the choice of materials and the commercial life of the product. VERDICT An inexpensive small-format romp through 20th-century design arranged from a British perspective rather than a definitive historical analysis of the field.—David McClelland, Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847960573
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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