Masters of Design Collection

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


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Verner Panton: The uncompromising bad boy of postwar Danish design, Verner Panton created enduring icons of pop culture, beloved the world over. He broke with the Scandinavian tradition of handcrafted teak-wood furniture to pioneer the use of plastic, fibreglass, synthetic fabrics, and industrial mass production, and this thoroughly researched and exhaustively illustrated book examines Panton's ground-breaking approach to environments, systems, patterns and color. Panton's oeuvre is a truly pioneering achievement, the wide-ranging influence of which is still felt today.

Containing a wealth of images, including hand-drawn sketches by Panton, personal photographs, and advertisements from the official Panton archive, this monograph documents the astonishing breadth of Panton's work, from candlesticks and clocks to the seminal S Chair and Living Tower, to total floor-to-ceiling interiors, encompassing textiles, lighting, and furniture.

Mario Bellini: The first comprehensive monograph on Mario Bellini, one of Italy's most versatile and influential designers.

The book is richly illustrated with over 500 images, including sketches and photographs, from Mario Bellini’s archive, published for the first time. It includes a complete catalogue of Bellini’s design work, thematically presented, from calculators, typewriters, office and banking machines, to chairs, tables, sofas, and lighting. Features a series of essays, including an interview with Mario Bellini, covering the various aspects of his career and design processes.

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: A complete monograph on the work of the influential British-born, Milan-based furniture and product designer James Irvine (1958–2013).

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.


Format: 4 Hardbacks
Size: 320 x 230 mm (12 5/8 x 9 in)
Pages: 1040 pp
Illustrations: 1700 illustrations

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.

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.

Mario Bellini: Enrico Morteo is an architect, editor, publisher, curator and a consultant of design and architecture. He has curated of a number of important programs and exhibitions including the ADI/ Compasso d'Oro Historical Collection, the Programmare l'arte exhibition for Venice and Milan, 2012–2013, the Uniqueness of Italy exhibition in Rome at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in 2011, the Roberto Sambonet exhibition held in Turin, Brasilia and Sao Paulo in 2008–09 and the exhibition Olivetti: Una bella società shown in Turin in 2008.

Verner Panton:

Born in Denmark but spending most of his life in Switzerland, Verner Panton studied with lighting designer Poul Henningsen and worked for architect-designer Arne Jacobsen, both profound influences.

Ida Engholm is associate professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Anders Michelsen is associate professor at the University of Copenhagen.

James Irvine:

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

"James Irvine reads like a nostalgic tribute to Irvine's life and work." —FastCompany

Verner Panton:

"The Panton "S" chair is officially the sexiest chair ever made. It has appeared on the cover of Vogue... [and] has become such a classic piece of furniture, and has been so widely copied that it's hard to understand just how revolutionary it was when it first appeared."—Independent

"Whether his name is familiar or not, Panton's variously modular, biomorphic, brightly colored furniture; his op art fabrics; and his concept of interiors as visually continuous environments - are embedded in the collective postwar unconscious."—New York Times

Dieter Rams:

"Shines by painting a refreshingly realistic picture of the design process... The easiest way to describe Mr. Rams’s impact on design is to say that he made Braun the “Apple” — in other words the It-brand — of its time."—Alice Rawsthorn, International Herald Tribune

"While many of the books about Dieter Rams are predominantly dry catalogues, Lovell's book examines the relevance of his work from a contemporary design standpoint by featuring interviews with some of today's top industrial designers..."—Apphia Michael,

Mario Bellini:

"Without curiosity you cannot create things."—Mario Bellini

"Designing something new has always been a moving experience for me, a rare privilege to be valued." —Mario Bellini


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