The bible of 20th-century design

From Art Nouveau to minimalism and everything in between

Poised at the start of the 21st century, we can see clearly that the previous century was marked by momentous changes in the field of design. Aesthetics entered into everyday life with often staggering results. Our homes and workplaces turned into veritable galleries of style and innovation.

From furniture to graphics, it`s all here - the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names - Harry Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colors, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. An A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living. Lavishly illustrated, this is design in the fullest sense.
The author:
Charlotte & Peter Fiell have written numerous TASCHEN books, including 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A–Z, Scandinavian Design, Designing the 21st Century, Graphic Design for the 21st Century, 1000 Lights and Contemporary Graphic Design. They also edited TASCHEN’s Decorative Art series and the 12-volume domus 1928–1999.
Design of the 20th Century (Klotz, TASCHEN 25 Edition)

Design of the 20th Century


Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 768 pages
New edition, only $ 19.99
Original edition $ 29.99

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  • Reviews
"This is one of those books that any creative should have on the shelf for easy reference... Not only is this book a visual spread of style over the generations, it tells stories about the engineers, architects, designers, and artists behind the pieces."
— Trendease International, London, United Kingdom
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Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles (TASCHEN 25 Edition)
Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Softcover, 2 vols. with keycard in slipcase, 9.4 x 12.0 in., 720 pages
New edition, only $ 59.99
Original edition $ 119.98

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1000 Chairs (Klotz, TASCHEN 25 Edition)
1000 Chairs
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 624 pages
$ 19.99

Chairs displayed on their own as pure form