Industrial Design in the Modern Age

Industrial Design in the Modern Age

Industrial Design in the Modern Age

By Penny Sparke


An ambitious new survey of industrial design from 1900 to the present day in the United States, Europe, and worldwide, as told through selected objects from the George R. Kravis II Collection.

Destined to become a new classic in the design genre, this major work summarizes an enormous topic—the creation of everyday objects for mass production and consumption from 1900 to the present—and shows how these products have become symbols of the modern age and harbingers of our future. It covers the work of current and post-modern design heroes, from the early pioneers—Dreyfuss, Bel Geddes, and Eames—to the leaders in the field today, including Starck, Newson, and Ive.

More than 200 objects from the Kravis Design Center’s collection are highlighted as essential exemplars of industrial design. New research by contributing scholars has uncovered illuminating details about each thing that help tell a complete story of innovation in the past 100 years. A wide range of media is represented, including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, and plastics.

Among the more than 400 photographs, including a wealth of historical images and ephemera, are those of the objects taken especially for this book and seen as never before, in vibrant colour and precise detail. This concise new history introduces a whole new audience to the topic in a style that is at once educational and accessible.

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