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Product Design Bookshelf

Product Design Bookshelf

Emily Pilloton, author of Design Revolution, defines design as “problem-solving with grace and foresight.” No discipline is free from design criteria: the manufactured objects that are the building blocks of our environment can be badly designed, indifferently designed or designed “with grace and foresight.” Below is a selection of our finest books on product, ranging from monographs on individual designers and companies to surveys of design genres such as watch and chair design.

Product Design Bookshelf

The featured image is Norman Foster's 2010 realization of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion Car, three prototypes of which were constructed in the 1930s. See Buckminster Fuller: Dymaxion Car from Ivorypress, below.



Recommended Reading: A Product Design Book List

Hans J. Wegner: Just One Good Chair
Hans J. Wegner: Just One Good Chair
HATJE CANTZ

Hbk, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 256 pgs / 300 color. | 9/30/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9783775738095 | $75.00


The Haas Brothers
The Haas Brothers
DAMIANI

Pbk, 8.75 x 11.5 in. / 176 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 10/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9788862083737 | $50.00


NYC Makers: The 2014 MAD Biennial
NYC Makers: The 2014 MAD Biennial
MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

Hbk, 9.5 x 11 in. / 352 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 8/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9781890385293 | $45.00


Finn Juhl and His House
Finn Juhl and His House
HATJE CANTZ

Hbk, 9.25 x 9.25 in. / 222 pgs / 183 color. | 9/30/2014 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783775737975 | $55.00


Konstantin Grcic: Panorama
Konstantin Grcic: Panorama
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 8.25 x 10.75 in. / 300 pgs / 450 color. | 9/30/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936075 | $90.00


100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection
100 Masterpieces from the Vitra Design Museum Collection
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 9.25 x 12 in. / 270 pgs / 220 color / 130 bw. | 9/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783980407038 | $50.00


1968: Radical Italian Furniture
1968: Radical Italian Furniture
DESTE FOUNDATION/TOILET PAPER

Slip, Hbk, 8.5 x 11.5 in. / 120 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 5/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9786185039042 | $80.00


Lightopia
Lightopia
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Slip, Pbk, 3 vols, 7.5 x 10.25 in. / 300 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 1/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936051 | $120.00


The Essence of Things
The Essence of Things
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 9.75 x 12.5 in. / 136 pgs / 180 color. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936501 | $55.00


Le Corbusier: A Study of the Decorative Art Movement in Germany
Le Corbusier: A Study of the Decorative Art Movement in Germany
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Clth, 6.75 x 8.5 in. / 208 pgs / 16 color / 100 duotone. | 2/28/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936297 | $125.00


Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989-2009: Antibodies
Fernando & Humberto Campana 1989-2009: Antibodies
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 9.75 x 13 in. / 128 pgs / 250 color. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936471 | $50.00


Jean Prouvé & Charles & Ray Eames: Constructive Furniture
Jean Prouvé & Charles & Ray Eames: Constructive Furniture
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 6.75 x 9.25 in. / 80 pgs / 24 color / 58 bw. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936372 | $29.95


Jean Royère
Jean Royère
EDITION GALERIE JACQUES LACOSTE/GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN

Slip, Clth, 2 vols., 10 x 12 in. / 656 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9782909187020 | $240.00


Jean Prouvé: The Poetics of the Technical Object
Jean Prouvé: The Poetics of the Technical Object
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Hbk, 9.5 x 11.25 in. / 392 pgs / 240 color / 655 bw. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936549 | $165.00


Verner Panton: The Collected Works
Verner Panton: The Collected Works
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 9.25 x 12 in. / 384 pgs / 650 color. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936235 | $85.00


The Furniture of Charles & Ray Eames
The Furniture of Charles & Ray Eames
VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Hbk, 9.5 x 11 in. / 160 pgs / 210 color / 90 bw. | 3/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783931936747 | $65.00


The Complete Designers’ Lights 1950-1990
The Complete Designers’ Lights 1950-1990
JRP|RINGIER

Hbk, 8 x 9.75 in. / 400 pgs / 600 color. | 3/31/2012 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783037641996 | $125.00


Complete Copier
Complete Copier
NAI010 PUBLISHERS

Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 520 pgs / 1,225 color. | 5/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9789056628338 | $95.00


Home-Made Europe
Home-Made Europe
FUEL PUBLISHING

Hbk, 5 x 8.25 in. / 272 pgs / 230 color. | 5/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9780956896230 | $34.95


Apple Design
Apple Design
HATJE CANTZ

Hbk, 10 x 11.75 in. / 320 pgs / 542 color. | 11/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9783775730112 | $60.00


Century of the Child
Century of the Child
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 264 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 8/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9780870708268 | $60.00


Talk to Me
Talk to Me
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Pbk, 9 x 10.5 in. / 208 pgs / 407 color. | 7/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780870707964 | $35.00


State of Craft
State of Craft
CICADA BOOKS

Pbk, 6.75 x 8.75 in. / 224 pgs / 380 color. | 10/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780956205346 | $19.95


Maria Pergay: Complete Works 1957-2010
Maria Pergay: Complete Works 1957-2010
DAMIANI

Hbk, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 325 pgs / 300 color. | 9/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9788862081740 | $70.00


Material Change
Material Change
METROPOLIS BOOKS

Flexi, 7 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 130 color. | 10/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9781935202455 | $30.00


Low Cost Design
Low Cost Design
SILVANA EDITORIALE

Flexi, 8.75 x 11 in. / 216 pgs / 320 color. | 3/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9788836616657 | $50.00


Eileen Gray: Objects and Furniture Design
Eileen Gray: Objects and Furniture Design
EDICIONES POLIGRAFA

Hbk, 6.5 x 8.5 in. / 128 pgs / 166 color. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788434312654 | $30.00


Eero Saarinen: Objects and Furniture Design
Eero Saarinen: Objects and Furniture Design
EDICIONES POLIGRAFA

Hbk, 6.5 x 8.5 in. / 128 pgs / 178 color. | 4/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788434312647 | $30.00


Rietveld's Universe
Rietveld's Universe
NAI010 PUBLISHERS

Pbk, 9.5 x 9 in. / 277 pgs / 200 color / 120 bw. | 1/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9789056627461 | $47.50


Renate Müller: Toys & Design
Renate Müller: Toys & Design
R & COMPANY/WHITEHAUS MEDIA

Clth, 11.25 x 8.5 in. / 80 pgs / 40 color / 26 bw. | 3/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780970460837 | $45.00


Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen
Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Hbk, 8 x 10 in. / 88 pgs / 75 color. | 4/30/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9780870708084 | $24.95


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Lianes
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Lianes
JRP|RINGIER

Hbk, 7 x 9.5 in. / 64 pgs / 51 color. | 1/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9783037641507 | $39.95


Buckminster Fuller: Dymaxion Car
Buckminster Fuller: Dymaxion Car
IVORYPRESS

Clth, 10 x 10.25 in. / 224 pgs / 111 color / 135 bw. | 2/28/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780956433930 | $75.00


Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

Clth, 9.5 x 12 in. / 288 pgs / 350 color. | 5/31/2011 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780910503853 | $55.00


Piranesi as Designer
Piranesi as Designer
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 9 x 11 in. / 360 pgs / 325 color. | 9/15/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9780910503952 | $45.00


Why Design Now? National Design Triennial
Why Design Now? National Design Triennial
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

Hbk, 8.5 x 11 / 192 pgs / 370 color. | 5/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9780910503877 | $40.00


The Maker's Hand
The Maker's Hand
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Pbk, 9.25 x 10.25 in. / 168 pgs / 104 color / 71 bw. | 9/30/2009 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780878466634 | $35.00


Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
METROPOLIS BOOKS

Pbk, 8 x 8 in. / 304 pgs / 250 color. | 10/31/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9781933045955 | $34.95


Mies van der Rohe: Objects and Furniture Design
Mies van der Rohe: Objects and Furniture Design
POLIGRAFA

Hardback, 6.5 x 8.25 in. / 128 pgs / 180 color. | 9/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9788434311824 | $30.00


100 Superlative Rolex Watches
100 Superlative Rolex Watches
DAMIANI

Hardback, 9.75 x 12.5 in. / 266 pgs / 600 color. | 10/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9788862080316 | $200.00


Mies and Modern Living
Mies and Modern Living
HATJE CANTZ

Hardback, 9.75 x 11.25 in. / 288 pgs / 250 color. | 2/1/2009 | Not available
ISBN 9783775722216 | $75.00


The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné
The Furniture of Poul Kjærholm: Catalogue Raisonné
GREGORY R. MILLER & CO.

Hardback, 8.75 x 8.75 in. / 224 pgs / 230 bw. | 2/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9780974364889 | $90.00


Jean Prouvé: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
Jean Prouvé: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
POLIGRAFA

Hardcover, 6.45x 8.25 in. / 128 pgs / 220 color / 20 bw. | 11/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9788434311442 | $30.00


Alvar Aalto: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
Alvar Aalto: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
POLIGRAFA

Hardcover, 6.5 x 8.25 in. / 128 pgs / 220 color. | 11/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9788434311435 | $30.00


Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000
Silver of the Americas, 1600-2000
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Hardcover, 9 x 10.75 in. / 544 pgs / 1,000 bw and 30 color. | 2/1/2007 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780878467211 | $100.00


Charles & Ray Eames: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
Charles & Ray Eames: Objects and Furniture Design By Architects
POLIGRAFA

Hardcover, 6.5 x 8.25 in. / 128 pgs / 220 color. | 10/26/2007 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9788434311459 | $30.00


Richard Hutten: Works in Use
Richard Hutten: Works in Use
STICHTING KUNSTBOEK

Boxed, 10.75 x 8.5 in. / 240 pgs / 700 color. | 5/1/2006 | Not available
ISBN 9789058561763 | $70.00


Safe: Design Takes on Risk
Safe: Design Takes on Risk
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Paperback, 7.5 x 9.5 in. / 236 pgs / 275 color. | 10/15/2005 | In stock
ISBN 9780870705809 | $29.95


American Fancy
American Fancy
THE CHIPSTONE FOUNDATION/MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

Hardcover, 9 x 12 in. / 267 pgs / 326 color / 51 bw. | 5/2/2004 | In stock
ISBN 9780972435390 | $75.00


The Design Encyclopedia
The Design Encyclopedia
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Clothbound, 7.5 x 10.25 in. / 832 pgs / 700 color. | 6/2/2004 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780870700125 | $65.00


Musical Instruments: MFA Highlights
Musical Instruments: MFA Highlights
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Paperback, 7 x 9 in. / 256 pgs / 120 color / 10 bw. | 7/2/2004 | In stock
ISBN 9780878466740 | $19.95


Flying Furniture
Flying Furniture
WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

Paperback, 9 x 10 in. / 192 pgs / 126 color / 124 bw. | 8/2/2000 | Not available
ISBN 9783883754055 | $40.00






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