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The Design Book


By Phaidon

Discover more than 500 of the most innovative, influential, and enduring products from the last five centuries in this fully revised and expanded edition of Phaidon’s much-loved companion to the best of design

  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 163 × 123mm
  • Pages: 544
  • Illustrations: 530 illustrations

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About the Book


Take an extraordinary journey through objects from the last 500 years that have improved our environments and functionality, and shaped society and culture. With an image for each object featured and descriptive text including information about the product itself, its designer, manufacturer, and history,The Design Book includes iconic pieces by such masters as Le Corbusier, Philippe Starck, and the Eames, alongside classic objects such as the paper clip, the hurricane lantern, and the martini glass. This new edition also features 30 new products from the last 15 years, expertly selected and curated to reflect modern-day design breakthroughs.

Praise for the original edition:

“Phaidon seems to have pulled off the rare trick of creating something accessible and wide-ranging, but genuinely interesting and informative too.” – Design Week

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Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

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