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Design of the 20th Century

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Explore the modern age of design in this Bibliotheca Universalis edition of the 20th century’s key movements and trends. Featuring numerous works from around the world, this is an essential compendium for design aficionados everywhere, with star turns including De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Charles and Ray Eames, and Philippe Starck.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.53 lb768 pages
“…destined for the reference libraries of designers and architects but also a swell entertainment for the layperson.”
The Wall Street Journal
“An important and accessible reference.”
The New York Times
Design of the 20th Century

Design of the 20th Century


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 re-created 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 authors

Charlotte and Peter Fiell are well-known design authors having written over sixty books on the subject. Among their various areas of specialization is the realm of transportation design in all its diverse forms. The Fiells have lectured widely, guest taught courses, curated exhibitions, and consulted manufacturing companies, museums, salerooms, and major private collectors around the world. Together, they have written numerous TASCHEN books.

Design of the 20th Century
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm1.15 kg768 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4106-0

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-4108-4

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-4109-1

Edition: French
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10 Ratings

A small book

Zoltan,November 15, 2021
A Design Encyclopedia. This is a really cool compendium of art and artists from the 20th century and it's a VERY SMALL BOOK!


Nick,October 31, 2021
Beautiful design to captivate the mind.

Super complet

Julia,October 27, 2021
Intéressant et ludique

Product design encyclopedia

Ugnė,October 27, 2021
Great book for quick check-ups on the most important product designs within the 20th century, especially when looking for quick inspiration or referencing.

The missing book

György,October 27, 2021
My daughter had to take an exam from history of art, that was the reason I bought. On the contrary when the book arrived, I started to read and it took 2 hours when I finished. The pictures are excellent, too.