Synopses & Reviews
An entertaining and informative introduction to the objects and designers that redefined design in the twentieth century.
What do Bic pens, Zippo lighters, Barbie dolls, and compact discs have in common? They're everywhere, including between the covers of this stunning collection of design objects, such as furniture, appliances, cars, and toys, which have transcended their everyday utility to achieve iconic status over the course of the twentieth century. Each item is examined in colorful two-page spreads, which include illustrations of its use, a brief biography of the designer, and other fascinating sidebar information illuminating our contemporary design culture. In addition, an introductory essay explains how an object becomes an icon and outlines the method the editors--a collection of internationally renowned design historians--used to select their subjects. Filled with photographs, this beautifully produced flexi-cover volume offers new ways to see and appreciate the things we use everyday.