Masters of Design Collection

Immerse yourself in the work of three iconic product designers, Ettore Sottsass, Dieter Rams and James Irvine. Each book is a celebration of the designer’s work and life, pulling previously unseen material from their archives.


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About the book

This collection includes:

Ettore Sottsass: Perhaps best known as the founder of the Memphis Group in the 1980s – famous for its colourful and flamboyant furniture, ceramics and lithgting pieces – Sottsass started his career working as a design consultant for Olivetti. He traveled extensively, particularly in the United States where he found a lot of inspiration.

He is quoted as once having said: "When I was young, all we ever heard about was functionalism, functionalism, functionalism. It’s not enough. Design should also be sensual and exciting." This playfulness certainly comes across in his work. Packed with beautiful images taken from the Sottsass archives, many of which have never been published before and including drawings and sketches from the designer’s countless sketchbooks, this book looks at his entire career.

Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible: A clear, comprehensive and beautiful presentation of Dieter Rams’ life and his work. It is a must-have book for anyone interested in Rams’ work, his legacy, and his ideas about how to live.

Dieter Rams is one of the most influential product designers of the twentieth century. Even if you don’t immediately recognize his name, you have almost certainly used one of the radios, clocks, lighters, juicers, shelves or hundreds of other products he designed. He is famous not only for this vast array of well-formed products, but for his remarkably prescient ideas about the correct function of design in the messy, out-of-control world we inhabit today. These ideas are summed up in his ‘ten principles’ of good design: good design is innovative, useful, and aesthetic. Good design should be make a product easily understood. Good design is unobtrusive, honest, durable, thorough, and concerned with the environment. Most of all, good design is as little design as possible.

Includes newly-commissioned photographs of Dieter Rams’s house and the Braun archive: a never-before-seen glimpse of the world’s most complete collection of Rams’s designs

Includes a foreword by Jonathan Ive, head of design at Apple Inc.

James Irvine: James Irvine is an intimate look into the work and life of a design legend. Previously unpublished drawings, sketches, models and images from Irvine’s archives and personal anecdotes and texts from the designers who worked directly with him, including Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Konstantin Grcic and Naoto Fukasawa, reveal Irvine’s passions, interests and idiosyncracies like never before.

In The Press

Ettore Sottsass:

"The book is a totemic object itself. In a world where it can seem as if designers are trying to fit everything into a monochrome package the size of your hand, Sottsass is everything but that. No cardboard, indeed."
—The New York Times Book Review

"Lavishly illustrated... Cleverly designed... Ettore Sottsass is one of the latest great coffee table books."
—LOUIN ArtInfo

James Irvine:

"Phaidon's James Irvine is the most comprehensive book on the furniture designer that we've read."
—Departures' Home & Design spring supplement

About the author(s)

Ettore Sottsass: Philippe Thomé was born in Geneva in 1951. In 199l, he was awarded a Doctor of Letters by the University of Geneva, having written his thesis on the work of Ettore Sottsass. He taught history of art at the universities of Geneva and Lausanne, and history of architecture and design at ECAL (School of Art and Design, Lausanne). He currently works as an independent researcher.

Dieter Rams: As Little Design As Possible: Wallpaper*. She has written and edited several books on design and architecture including Limited Edition: Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture and Furnish – Furniture and Interior Design for the 21st Century.

James Irvine: Contributors include designers Michele De Lucchi, George Sowden, Giulio Cappellini, Stefano Giovannoni, Thomas Sandell, Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic, Naoto Fukasawa, Alberto Meda and Marc Newson, design critics Deyan Sudjic and Francesca Picchi and Marialaura Rossiello, Irvine’s design partner and wife.

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