Design: The Definitive Visual History lays out the complete evolution of design, from its origins in early cultures to the contemporary design — physical and digital — of today. This comprehensive volume covers every major design movement, along with the iconic designers and manufacturers who influenced everyday life through the objects and buildings they created.
Arranged chronologically, Design moves decade-by-decade from the 1850s onward to explore the cultural, social, political, economic, and technological forces in the world at large and shows how these factors influenced movements and styles in design. Gorgeous catalogues of objects demonstrate how design in turn has influenced the everyday life, through architecture, fashion, furniture, ceramics, glassware, lighting, fabrics, electronic equipment, and more.
With profiles of famous designers such as Alvar Aalto, Frank Gehry, and Philippe Starck and stunning images of buildings and interiors, Design: The Definitive Visual History is a true celebration of classic design across the centuries.
Produced in association with the Smithsonian Institution.
"Inexpensive, concise, and lavishly illustrated, this book is recommended for any library." — Booklist (Starred Review)
"…luxurious visuals that include timelines, historical photos, designer portraits and a tremendous selection of products and art." — Columbus Dispatch
"Flip through pages showcasing the evolution of telephones, armchairs, word processors, and more … For anyone looking to bridge a generation gap, visuals are always a good way to go and the visuals in this book are stunning." — Forbes.com