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Look of the Century
     

Look of the Century

by Michael Tambini, Steve Gorton (Photographer), Dave King (Photographer)
 

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By combining stunning illustrations with authoritative text, The Look of the Century demonstrates the influence that design has on our daily lives. With fabulous photos of design classics from the Volkswagen Beetle to the Chrysler Building to Ray-Ban sunglasses, this book is essential reading for anyone fascinated by design. 1,000+ full-color illustrations.

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By combining stunning illustrations with authoritative text, The Look of the Century demonstrates the influence that design has on our daily lives. With fabulous photos of design classics from the Volkswagen Beetle to the Chrysler Building to Ray-Ban sunglasses, this book is essential reading for anyone fascinated by design. 1,000+ full-color illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
What's amazing, after looking through Michael Tambini's The Look of the Century, is how similar many things are at the two finials of this 100-year period. Clearly, those items most influenced by technology have changed greatly. The 1900 Graphophone, which played a cylinder, looks nothing like the Denon Stacking System D-90, which plays a CD. But design of the century has been marked by modernism, so Jean Puiforcat's 1928 tea service isn't unimaginably far from the Alessi tea set of 55 years later. Nor are watches or vases or chairs or fountain pens. But what's most interesting about this book published by DK Publishing in Association with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian,is to watch the (sometimes cyclical) development over time. BOMC alternate.
VOYA - Julie Hudson
What a beautiful book! But...this is more coffee table material than useful reference tool. Tambini has taken on the task of covering the twentieth century in photographs, as defined by material object. If we are what we use and wear, then this is the book to bury in a time capsule! The chapter entitled "The Living Room" covers not only sofas and chairs, but vases and bowls. The result is too many topics and not enough coverage for what is there. For example, women's "daywear," under the heading "Clothing and Accessories," offers us one dress to represent each decade, summing up a century of fashion on one double-page spread. There is a fascinating "A-Z of Designers" in the back of the book that provides a short paragraph on influences from Giorgio Armani to Frank Lloyd Wright. However, the information is not enough to help a student with a report, and is impossible to guess the decision-making process that determined who would be included and who would be left out. The same can be said for the glossary of design terms. It is wonderful, (as in student-friendly), to see Bauhaus and Romanticism defined in just a few lines, but again, it must have been a difficult task for the author to decide what not to cover. The pictures, the color, the content, even the oversize format of this gorgeous book are exciting. My family had a great time pouring over it, and that is exactly what a coffee table book should provide-fun. All ages will enjoy it and certainly gain new information. But as the title states, it is only a "look" at the century. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789409508
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
11.64(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.99(d)

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