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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

Making Design
Making Design
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

Pbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 912 pgs / 1100 color. | 3/31/2015 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780910503747 | $45.00


Tools: Extending Our Reach
Tools: Extending Our Reach
COOPER HEWITT, SMITHSONIAN DESIGN MUSEUM

Hbk, 8 x 9.5 in. / 176 pgs / 200 color. | 2/28/2015 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780910503778 | $29.95


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


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


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


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


Szenasy, Design Advocate
Szenasy, Design Advocate
METROPOLIS BOOKS

Pbk, 6.5 x 9 in. / 353 pgs / 32 color / 4 bw. | 3/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9781938922398 | $29.95


Jeff Zimmerman
Jeff Zimmerman
DAMIANI

Hbk, 9.5 x 11 in. / 224 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 4/30/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9788862083584 | $60.00


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


Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything
Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything
VIOLETTE EDITIONS

Pbk, 8.5 x 10 in. / 312 pgs / 1000 color. | 1/31/2015 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781900828444 | $59.95


Libuse Niklová
Libuse Niklová
ARBOR VITAE

Hbk, 8.25 x 8 in. / 298 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 3/31/2014 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9788026048275 | $40.00


Office for Visual Interaction: Lighting Design & Process
Office for Visual Interaction: Lighting Design & Process
JOVIS

Hbk, 8.5 x 10.5 in. / 216 pgs / 280 color. | 5/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9783868592566 | $65.00


Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light
Gino Sarfatti: Designing Light
CORRAINI EDIZIONI

Pbk, 6 x 7.75 in. / 104 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 3/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9788875703660 | $32.00


The Complete Designers' Lights II
The Complete Designers' Lights II
JRP|RINGIER

Pbk, 8.25 x 9.75 in. / 400 pgs / 613 color. | 12/31/2014 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9783037643563 | $95.00


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


New India Designscape
New India Designscape
CORRAINI EDIZIONI

Pbk, 6 x 7.75 in. / 104 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 3/31/2014 | In stock
ISBN 9788875703851 | $32.00


Speaking of Furniture
Speaking of Furniture
THE ARTIST BOOK FOUNDATION

Hbk, 8 x 10.5 in. / 384 pgs / 482 color / 68 bw. | 11/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780988855717 | $75.00


Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo
Fired Earth, Woven Bamboo
MFA PUBLICATIONS

Pbk, 10.5 x 8.5 in. / 160 pgs / 100 color. | 11/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9780878468058 | $29.95


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


Wendell Castle: A Catalogue RaisonnÈ, 1958-2012
Wendell Castle: A Catalogue RaisonnÈ, 1958-2012
THE ARTIST BOOK FOUNDATION

Hbk, 11 x 12 in. / 564 pgs / 1,150 color / 400 bw. | 3/31/2015 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780988855700 | $150.00


Pastoe: 100 Years of Design Innovation
Pastoe: 100 Years of Design Innovation
NAI010 PUBLISHERS

Hbk, 8.5 x 11.75 in. / 224 pgs / 450 color. | 9/30/2013 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789462080683 | $55.00


The History of Modern Furniture Design
The History of Modern Furniture Design
ARBOR VITAE/MUSEUM OF DECORATIVE ARTS IN PRAGUE

Flexi, 8.5 x 9.75 in. / 320 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 9/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788074670206 | $45.00


Roberto Matta: Casa Matta
Roberto Matta: Casa Matta
CORRAINI EDIZIONI

Pbk, 8.5 x 10.25 in. / 168 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 6/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788875703493 | $45.00


Formica Forever
Formica Forever
METROPOLIS BOOKS/FORMICA CORPORATION

Pbk, 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 408 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 9/30/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9781938922152 | $39.95


Tom Dixon: Dixonary
Tom Dixon: Dixonary
VIOLETTE EDITIONS

Hbk, 6 x 8.25 in. / 632 pgs / 312 color. | 9/30/2013 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781900828420 | $49.95


Giorgio Casali: Photographer, Domus 1951-1983
Giorgio Casali: Photographer, Domus 1951-1983
SILVANA EDITORIALE

Pbk, 9 x 11 in. / 216 pgs / 250 color / 66 bw. | 10/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788836625871 | $50.00


A Passion for Jean Prouvé
A Passion for Jean Prouvé
PINOTECA AGNELLI/GALERIE PATRICK SEGUIN

Clth, 10 x 12 in. / 280 pgs / illustrated throughout. | 7/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9788890539411 | $195.00


Where'd You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition
Where'd You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition
TESTIFY BOOKS

Hbk, 8.25 x 10.25 in. / 280 pgs / 450 color / 125 bw. | 12/31/2013 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780972592086 | $40.00


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

Pbk, 8.25 x 11.25 in. / 868 pgs / 651 color / 215 bw. | 5/31/2013 | In stock
ISBN 9783037643198 | $35.00


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


100 Superlative Rolex Watches
100 Superlative Rolex Watches
DAMIANI

Hardback, 9.75 x 12.5 in. / 266 pgs / 600 color. | 10/1/2008 | Awaiting 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






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