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Product design

See below for a selection of the latest books from Product design category. Presented with a red border are the Product design books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Product design books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Super Normal

Super Normal

Author: Naoto Fukasawa, Jasper Morrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2007

The designers Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa have compiled 204 everyday objects in search of super normal design alongside examples of anonymous design like the Swiss Rex vegetable peeler or a simple plastic bag, there are design classics like Marcel Breuer's tubular steel side table, Dieter Ram's 606 shelving system, or Joe Colombo's Optic alarm clock of 1970. With products by Newson, Grcic, the Azumis, and the Bouroullec brothers, it also represents the generation to which Morrison and Fukasawa belong. The phenomenon of the super normal is located, as it were, beyond space and time; the past and present of product design both point to a future that has long since begun. The super normal is already lying exposed before us; it exists in the here and now; it is real and available: we need only open our eyes; Fukasawa and Morrison make it visible for us.

Tord Boontje

Tord Boontje

Author: Tord Boontje Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2007

Tord Boontje incorporates a romantic, artisanal sensibility to contemporary industrial and product design, drawing from a rich graphic tradition to create objects of exceptional beauty and delicacy. One of the most original and innovative product and furniture designers working today, Boontje is an artist and a craftsman, and in designs for Swarovski, Artecnica, and Moroso, his lamps, chairs, fabric designs, paper products, and art installations have vaulted him into the top ranks of contemporary design culture. Featured in headline exhibitions at the Milan Furniture Fair, the Victoria and Albert Musem and Art Basel: Miami, the unique paper creations and furniture developed by Boontje have become global objects of desire, spawning a cult following among collectors and design consumers. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 sketches, concept renderings, and photographs, the book is a comprehensive visual document of the designer's work and an art object in itself, featuring a number of custom printing effects-stencils, perforated and die-cut pages, and textured and woven details-that capture the intricacy of Boontje's approach to pattern-making.

&Fork

&Fork

Author: Tom Dixon, Maria Helena Estrada Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2007

Following the success of Spoon in 2002, & Fork presents 10 leading design experts' choice of 100 of the most important young product designers from around the world. The result is a comprehensive, must-have survey of today's most innovative international product design.

Alarm Wristwatch: The History of an Undervalued Feature

Alarm Wristwatch: The History of an Undervalued Feature

Author: Michael Philip Horlbeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/12/2006

Finally, alarm wristwatches are recognized for their mechanical ingenuity and the beauty of their design. This new book traces the development of mechanical wristwatches with an acoustic alarm function, one of the first wristwatch complications, and gives detailed information for collectors. Hundreds of watches are examined in 535 color images. In addition to the external design of the watch, special attention is paid to the movements and how their creators solved the multitude of challenges that confronted them. Michael Philip Horlbeck, a scholar and collector of alarm wristwatches, has written the standard work, a complete history of the alarm wristwatch. Nearly every model ever produced is chronicled, in words and pictures. The international array of companies include Eterna, Omega, Bruguet, Bulova, Citizen, Corum, Cyma, Jaeger-Le Coultre, Lemania, Pierce, Poljot, Ronda, Seiko, Venus, Vulcain, and Wittnauer, and many more. The technical data for each watch is recorded. This is required reading for all wristwatch fans and all who may become such. Whether you are interested in the design or the mechanics of these watches, you will not be disappointed.

Sustainable by Design

Sustainable by Design

Author: Stuart Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2006

To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability, and challenges conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects. He discusses the personal design process, tacit knowledge, ephemeral design, experimental design, and the relationship between intellectual design criteria, physical expression and aesthetic experience. This book will introduce vital concepts to students and will inspire designers by providing a well-articulated basis for understanding the complexity and potential of sustainable design, and extolling the contribution of design to the creation of a more meaningful material culture.

Sustainable by Design

Sustainable by Design

Author: Stuart Walker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2006

To advance the subject of design one has to engage in the activity of designing. Sustainable by Design offers a compelling and innovative, design-centred approach that explores both the meaning and practice of sustainable design. Walker explores the design process in the context of sustainability, and challenges conventional ways of defining, designing and producing functional objects. He discusses the personal design process, tacit knowledge, ephemeral design, experimental design, and the relationship between intellectual design criteria, physical expression and aesthetic experience. This book will introduce vital concepts to students and will inspire designers by providing a well-articulated basis for understanding the complexity and potential of sustainable design, and extolling the contribution of design to the creation of a more meaningful material culture.

Grand Complications

Grand Complications

Author: Tourbillon International Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

For six years, Watches International , the original annual of the world's finest wristwatches, has set the standard for up-to-date reference guides devoted to luxury timepieces. Now they have started a series, Grand Complications , focused on high-end watches and timepieces that delves into the complexities of high-end watchmaking. The annual devotes chapters to tourbillons, repeaters and sonneries, chronograph rattrapantes, perpetual calendars, equations of time, astronomical indicators, GMTs, retrogrades and host of novelties. It explores the roots and origins of these complications as a complete compendium of brands and watches that fall within the realm of haute horology, complete with full-color images and detailed technical descriptions. It also features more than 1,000 full color photographs, a full glossary, and contact information for each house, making this the must have reference for watch collectors and professionals.

Managing the Building Design Process

Managing the Building Design Process

Author: Gavin Tunstall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2006

Managing the Building Design Process explains the designer's role in the creation of new buildings from the development of the plan through to completion. One key case study is used throughout the book so that the reader can clearly follow the process leading to the creation of a new building. This new edition expands on the first edition including sections on CAD and sustainability; incorporating updates to legislation and adding new illustrations as well as discussion points and useful references at the end of every chapter. Gavin Tunstall is an architect and a lecturer in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt

Author: Herbert G. Houze, Carolyn C. Cooper Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2006

The fascinating story of the American inventor and manufacturer who perfected the revolver Samuel Colt (1814-1862) first patented his Colt revolver in 1835 and thereby redefined the architecture of handguns. This stunning book is the first to present in detail the evolution of his most famous invention and to document the unsurpassed Colt firearms collections held by the Wadsworth Atheneum. Colt designed his revolvers with an artistic sensibility--paying particular attention to form and beauty and juxtaposing colors and finishes to heighten the visual effects. He was also one of the first American manufacturers to secure celebrity endorsements and to commission paintings by renowned artists like George Catlin to promote his arms. Colt's standards for excellence, industrial foresight, and quest for market domination are explored in light of primary documents that reveal his constant battles to protect his patents. Essays discuss Colt's personal collection of historic firearms as well as the memorial collection of Colt-manufactured firearms, the relationship between art and commerce as they pertain to the inventor's career, and his international celebrity. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, this volume presents the artistry of the firearms that Colt worked so diligently to perfect--as well as his promotional abilities that made a tremendous impact on American culture.

Industrial Design A-Z

Industrial Design A-Z

Author: Charlotte Fiell, Peter Fiell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2006

If you take even the slightest interest in the design of your toothbrush, the history behind your washing machine, or the evolution of the telephone, you'll take an even greater interest in this new book. Individual designers and design firms can be referenced directly via the A-Z of Industrial Design section. Here, you'll find the likes of Enzo Ferrari, Philippe Starck, Zanussi and Apple Computer, among many others. Exploding with color, aesthetic, and style, Industrial Design is both informative and fun. You'll have a hard time putting it down. This is an invaluable reference book!

Label-design Be: Design in Belgium After 2000

Label-design Be: Design in Belgium After 2000

Author: Lise Coirier, Johan Valcke Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/03/2006

No less than 130 Belgian designers present their strongest and most recent product or environmental designs. Three essays by Lise Coirier, Johan Valcke and Francis Smets precede these. Copiously illustrated in colour throughout, Label-Design.be includes work by some of the most dynamic names in design today, including Claire Bataille & Paul Ibens, Colombo, Jo Crepain, Dark, Durlet, Extremix, The Tupperware Design Team, Xavier Lust, and many others.

Noah: Directory of International Package Design Vii

Noah: Directory of International Package Design Vii

Author: Azur Corporation Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2006

This worldwide selection of the works of some of today's most outstanding graphic designers includes contact details for each featured designer or company and, where appropriate, a biography and list of specialties as well as an alphabetical index and even an offer from the editors of this annual to act as mediators in the event of a language barrier!