Great Design: The World’s Best Design Explored and Explained
Dorling Kindersley has always been a favorite imprint of mine because their books are extraordinarily colorful, engaging and informative. This book, in particular, is no exception. It is a perfect gift for purveyors of design, architecture, and the like. Inside is an overview of industrial design from 1860 forward, featuring textiles, furniture, and other products. It highlights why this object is an icon, profiles the inventor, workshop and key characteristics that show why its design has reached the pinnacle of dynamic interest.
This chronicle explains why the Bentwood chair has influence and imitators; how the Swiss Army knife came to be; why the Nord Express poster is a favorite in design; who created the Electric kettle, and then details almost 100 more products and designed objects throughout history.
The reader will enjoy looking at the design’s initial sketches; begin to understand the details of a prototype like a Fender Strato Caster guitar, for example; learn who designed the PH Artichoke lamp for instance, and why the B.K.F. Chair still survives today.
Lush photographs and fascinating insights are tucked into this large volume—it is a museum-style study of what great design is and why this innovative product still factors into our lives indefinitely. There are these some examples: William Morris Fruit wallpaper page 17, Tiffany lamp page 26, Bauhaus poster page 46, London Underground map page 65, Kodak Bantam Special page 79, Vespa page 98, Atomic Wall Clock on page 108, and many more. Your own Smithsonian—the world’s largest museum—writ smaller, into a book of great and lasting world design.
Great Design: The World’s Best Design Explored and Explained, by Phillip Wilkinson, DK publishers, 2013. Retails for $30.