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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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 | 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


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


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


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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