This is the encyclopedia of the 999 most influential industrially manufactured objects, valued for their timelessness, aesthetic appeal, or innovative technology.
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This is the encyclopedia of the 999 most influential industrially manufactured objects, valued for their timelessness, aesthetic appeal, or innovative technology. Published by Phaidon Press, renowned publishers of visual art books for 75 years, the three-volume collection includes classic design pieces selected by leading designers, architects, curators, and academics. Presented chronologically, the collection begins with a pair of Chinese bonsai scissors from the early 1600s that are still in production today, and ends with Barber and Osgerby's minimal "Lunar" bath accessories. Previously unpublished sketches, 4,000 color images, and historical and cultural critiques written by professional designers highlight the genius of the designs--from the safety pin to the iconic Citroën 2CV economy car. The encyclopedia has 3,300 pages of objects created by renowned designers, such as Breuer and Castiglioni, and anonymously designed pieces like the clothespin and chopstick. Hardcover. Each volume: 9 5/8" H x 8 1/4" W. (7 lbs.)