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Design of the 20th Century

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.52 lb, 768 pages
US$ 25
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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 countless 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.

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Customer reviews (9)

Design Bible

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 author

Charlotte & Peter Fiell are well known design writers, having written over sixty books on the subject. Among their various areas of specialization are the realms of furniture and industrial design, interior design, product architecture, and visual communications. They have also lectured widely, guest taught courses, curated exhibitions, and consulted to manufacturing companies, museums, salerooms, and major private collectors around the world. Together they have written numerous TASCHEN books, including 1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A–Z, 1000 Lights and Scandinavian Design. They also edited TASCHEN's Decorative Art series and the 12-volume domus 1928–1999 and have most recently authored the double-volume Ultimate Collector Cars.

Design of the 20th Century
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.52 lb, 768 pages
Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe!

Customer reviews (9)

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.


Allegra, October 27, 2021
A must-have guide for 20th design. Designers are listed A-Z and it contains beautiful images.


Claudia, July 28, 2022
Ho comprato diversi libri. Son tutti dei piccoli tesori.

Design du XXe siècle

Theo, November 02, 2021
Tout ce qu'il faut savoir !

La biblia del design

Gianluca, October 29, 2021
Para los apasionado de design moderno.
Hay todos los brands que tienes que conocer y sus productos más iconicos.
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