It is the first definitive illustrated sourcebook on the evolution of design to include such a wide scope of objects in detail. From cars to furniture, from tableware to cameras, from everyday objects to airplanes, this breadth of design has never before been collected in such a way before.
“A guide to better living through design.” - Aaron Betsky, Designer.
“The ultimate tool kit to decode the modern world. Hugely thorough, and just the right side of quirky.” - Deyan Sudjic, Curator and Critic
“…very big, very yellow and very heavy.” - Terrance Conran, Designer
Phaidon Design Classics (3 Volume Set) (Design Classics)
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This low coffee table with its elegant elliptical shape ressembles a surfboard and was quickly given the nickname “surfboard table”. With its double chromed base, the table formally references a theme repeatedly varied by the Eameses, that of shaped steel rods welded together to make a fixed, static structure.
Eames ETR Elliptical Table, by Charles and Ray Eames, for Vitra
An interesting blend of the traditional and current objects like Tom Dixon lamps and Bisazza mosaics.
Pearls & Caviar, Abu Dhabi, UAE, by Concrete
Barnaby Barford (b.1977) graduated from the Royal College of Art and has worked with prestigious companies including Nymphenburg as well as creating his one-off pieces. (shown here)
Stick that on YouTube!, (Price on request), by Barnaby Barford, at David Gill Galleries
Furniture marketing follows fashion. These images are from an upcoming catalog for Blu Dot, the American furniture manufacturer.
‘Erwin Hauer is one of the most creative and important artists working in the three-dimensional idiom during the second half of the twentieth century. He is a sculptor’s sculptor, a creator of flawless form that dazzles those who toil in this world. But that alone is not his achievement. He is an artist of wide breadth, who has been a perpetual student, investigating those new realms where his work carried him, always adding to what he has already developed…..his geometric and architectural sculptures cannot be overestimated for their effect upon architechs and countless Yale students who carried his thinking and forms into the world, affecting even larger groups.’
Elliot Offner, Smith College
Hauer worked with Florence Knoll on the Look Magazine office (1960), designing perforated and light-diffusing architectural surfaces. Originally developed in 1950, Continua screens were made of masonry materials painstakingly cast in complex molds.
Erwin Hauer continues his work as a sculptor and is Professor emeritus at the Yale University School of Art. Much of his work has been forgotten or lost.
Partitions and Screens, by Erwin Hauer, for Erwin Hauer
Buy the Book: Erwin Hauer: Continua-Architectural Screen and Walls