Talk About Design

Talk About Design

by Elisabeth Couturier
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Talk About Design by Elisabeth Couturier

This comprehensive work demystifies the concepts behind contemporary design, fascinating readers with its accessible text and striking photographs, and covers everything from the iPod to the humble razor. This irresistible guide breaks down the seemingly complex field of contemporary design into nine highly readable and engaging chapters that cover the styles, products, and personalities that have influenced and defined the design trends of today. Starting with the basics in "What is design?" and defining the leading trends of each decade since the 1920s, introducing thirty influential designers and their signature innovations, identifying different styles so that readers can explore their personal affinities, and including a glossary of design-related terms and jargon, this handbook imparts the essential information necessary to develop a well-rounded understanding of contemporary design. In an engaging and highly-readable journalistic style, the author demonstrates how thoroughly design pervades the world around us and improves the quality of daily life, from the growth of brands and logos such as Campbell’s Soup and McDonald’s to the more subtle design features in everyday objects such as Tupperware, the Bic™ pen, and the desk chair. The glossy, colorful format with lustrous photos that capture the glamour, boldness, and humor prevalent in design, renders this work a must-have guide to design.

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ISBN-13: 9782080301321
Publisher: Rizzoli
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.68(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Élisabeth Couturier, journalist, art critic, and television producer, has contributed to Paris Match for over fifteen years, as well as specialist art magazines, including Art Press. She is the radio presenter of a contemporary design program on France Culture.

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Steelmen More than 1 year ago
"Talk About Design" is a smart, insightful look at design issues for those who want to be better informed on the topic. Elisabeth Couturier is an art critic, journalist and TV producer who drew on her fine arts knowledge to explain trends, products, styles and the people who create the art. The items examined are extremely diverse, meant to catch your eye, amuse and surprise. There's a shopping cart converted to an armchair, a 1930 pressure cooker, a chandelier featuring black pendants and crystal, a metallic spiral staircase, an ergonomical plastic razor, an antique chest of drawers and dozens of other creations. After explaining what constitutes design, how design issues work with technology, fashion and functional needs, and a short introduction to designs through history, the author moves into a quick account of design trends from the 1920s through the 1990s and into the 2000s. From there, we learn about baroque, minimalism, environmental, hi-tech and natural definitions, and are introduced to 30 key designers, including Gaetano Pesce, Ingo Maurer, Ron Arad and Pierre Charpin, with examples of some of their works. An especially clever chapter entitled "A Front Row Seat to Innovation" takes us through chair design, starting with an 1859 Thonet Brothers basic chair made in Moldavia, through Eero Saarinen's 1948 Womb chair, to Frank Gehry's 1972 Wiggle Side chair to Patrick Jouin's 2004 Solid C'l Seat. There's also an appendix timeline and an explanation of French style. You will see things in a different, more informed way, after reading this book, and you'll walk away feeling educated, though not lectured.