The Design Book by Phaidon EditorsThis work features 500 products that have shaped the history of our society and improved the functions of homes, offices, and public buildings all across the world, including information on the designers themselves.
WA: the Essence of Japanese Design by Rossella Menegazzo; Stefania Piotti; Kenya Hara (Foreword by)Through some 300 objects this book explores contemporary Japanese design: from everyday objects and packaging to interior design and lighting elements. Ultimately the book aims to explore the way in which Japanese design manages to harness its materials--whether natural or synthetic--and at the same time combine respect for tradition with forward thinking and experimentation. The objects featured were chosen because of their strong Japanese character and the influence this 'Japaneseness' has had on Western culture. Rather than following a chronological order or concentrating on the designers, this book focuses on the objects and is categorized by material, highlighting the strong link between design and material in Japan.
Manus Machina by Andrew Bolton; Nicholas Alan Cope"The catalogue that accompanies the 2016 Costume Institute exhibition "Manus x Machina" features exceptional fashions that reconcile traditional hand techniques with innovative machine technologies such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, circular knitting, computer modeling, bonding and laminating, and ultrasonic welding. Featuring 90 astonishing pieces, ranging from Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel's iconic tweed suit to Karl Lagerfeld's 3-D-printed version, and from Yves Saint Laurent's bird-of-paradise dress to Iris van Herpen's silicone adaptation - all beautifully photographed by Nicholas Alan Cope - this fascinating book is an exploration of both the artistry and the future of fashion. Interviews with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen; Hussein Chalayan, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino; Nicolas Ghesquière of Louis Vuitton; Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler; Iris van Herpen; Christopher Kane; Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel; Miuccia Prada; and Gareth Pugh enhance this expansive and absorbing book." -- Publisher's description.
Designed for the Future by Jared Green (Editor)"What design represents the best hopes for our future success on earth? Designed for the Future: 80 Practical Ideas for a Sustainable World asks American and international landscape architects, architects, planners, urban designers, policymakers, writers, and sustainable designers to answer the question in five hundred words or less. Each person outlines how a project or design practice, historic or contemporary, has created a more positive relationship between the built and natural environments, and helps solve the complex social, economic, and environmental challenges facing twenty-first-century communities. The designs range from the passive cooling strategies at Angkor Wat to the ecofriendly mushroom board that was designed by Ecovative Design to replace Styrofoam, and represent the varying scales of solutions that can help to make our future better through the built and natural environment"-- Provided by publisher.