Products from Phaidon Design Classics

The ultimate selection of pioneering design classics.

Conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors


Price: USD$39.95



  • 333 pioneering design classics from the beginning of the industrial era to the end of the Second World War
  • These essential design products, that were made possible thanks to startling new inventions, discoveries and cost effective techniques, revolutionized our everyday lives and established a benchmark for great and enduring design
  • From the safety-pin and the Ford T to the chairs of Michael Thonet and Frank Lloyd Wright, these products were the first to hail the beginnings of industrial design
  • Selected by an international group of designers, architects, critics, curators and academics, the list includes works by anonymous inventors as well as masterworks by pioneering designers such as Christopher Dresser, Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe
  • Includes detailed information on the history of each object and its designer
  • Illustrated with rare archival material including sketches, drawings and patents

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