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Phaidon Design Classics

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This three-volume set is an authoritative collection of design classics. It consists of 999 industrially manufactured products, carefully selected by a group of experts - from cars to furniture, from tableware to cameras, from everyday objects to aeroplanes.
Hardcover, 3300 pages
Published April 13th 2006 by Phaidon Press
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Koen Crolla
May 01, 2015 Koen Crolla rated it it was ok
Uninspired and underresearched.

It's nice (and unexpected) that they managed to include such genuine quality designs as the Opinel and the Leatherman PST alongside the inevitable boring Bauhaus ugliness and Alessi garbage, but that's hard to appreciate too much when the text then proceeds to get very basic details of their histories wrong. Especially considering the ridiculous price of these books, that's really inexcusable.
Even putting aside the inescapable pretentious mainstays, there's a lot o
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Feb 23, 2015 Jorge Serra marked it as to-read
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Spencer
Mar 01, 2008 Spencer rated it it was amazing
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i could not just skim through this massive 3 vol. set. a page or 2 on 999 of the greatest industrial designs from the paperclip to whatever. brilliant little essays on classic cars, chairs, lamps, kitchen implements, etc. really engaging. perfect for somone who likes to read in 5 minute settings without following a longer narrative. this was the perfect book(s) for me.
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