Design History

Eva Zeisel: the shape of life

An elegance is found in sleek design, a style few can truly master. "The Shape of Life" is a look at the artistic career of Eva Zeisel, a sculptor and craftswoman who for nearly a century applies her own thoughtful and sleek designs that prove timeless, melding art well with functionality in the avenues when needed. With plenty of full color photos of her work as well as a quite the history, "The Shape of Life" is a fine and solidly recommended collection that shouldn't be missed.


The Dream Factory: Alessi Since 1921

This book is the ideal popular introduction to one of the most remarkable design companies in existence. Its products are so unique and so daring that in the future, I believe, they will coveted as those of Art Nouveau or the Viennese craft and Mission movements. Unlike the earlier "Design Factory" book, which is very difficult to get through, this book is a delight to read and a visual feast for the eyes.

Eero Saarinen: Furniture For Everyman

One of the most celebrated, prolific, and unorthodox architects and designers of the twentieth century, Eero Saarinen has become a beacon of American modernism. While famous for his sculptural and bold architecture, such as the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri and the TWA Terminal at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Eero Saarinen: Furniture for Everyman is the first monograph to focus exclusively on his furniture designs. A self-declared “form-giver,” his furniture, like his architecture, is characterized by its sleek and expressive forms.

Design of the 20th Century

This text is a journey through the shapes and colours, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. It contains an A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living.


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Building with Frank Lloyd Wright

This is the first-hand account of a young couple who in 1936 challenged Wright to produce a decent house for $5,000. Wright responded with the in­novations—floor heating, flat roof, con­crete floor, solid walls, grouping of utili­ties, carport, seclusion from the street but openness to a garden through banks of door windows—that made their house the revolutionary “Usonia Num­ber One.”

Bauhaus 1919-1933

The Bauhaus Archiv Museum of Design in Berlin holds the most important collection on the Bauhaus today. Documents, workshop products from all areas of design, studies sketches in the classroom, and architectural plans and models are all part of its comprehensive inventory. "The Bauhaus Archiv" is dedicated to the study and presentation of the history of the Bauhaus, including the new Bauhaus in Chicago and the Hochschule fur Gestaltung (Institute of Design) in Ulm.

Arts & Crafts: A Selected Reprint of Industrial Arts Design

Originally published in 1916 when the Arts & Crafts movement was in its heyday, this is a virtual textbook of materials, color, techniques, and designs. Arts & Crafts Design is a practical guide to the creation of high-quality, high-style furnishings through the industrial arts.

Art Glass Details: Frank Lloyd Wrights' Hollyhock House

The book is best described as a highly detailed glass pattern book. It contains thirty-five pages of precise drawings, detailing all of the art glass windows in the Hollyhock House. Located in Los Angeles, California this house was one of the last Wright houses that contained leaded art glass.

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Neil Levine's study of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, beginning with his work in Oak Park in the late 1880s and culminating in the construction of the Guggenheim museum in New York and the Marin County Civic Center in the 1950s, if the first comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the architect's entire career since the opening of the Wright Archives over a decade ago. The most celebrated and prolific of modern architects, Wright built more than four hundred buildings and designed at least twice as many more.

50 Favorite Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright

This gorgeous volume celebrates the great houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the world's noted and America's most popular architect. An illustrated introduction provides an overview of design principles and Wright's ideas behind the modern home and is followed by sections on Early Houses, Prairie Houses, 1920's and 1930's Houses, and Usonian Houses. Elegant full-color photographs and an authoritative yet accessible text profile fifty of the best-loved signature homes that the architect created.