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Masters of Design Collection


Immerse yourself in the work of four iconic product designers, Ettore Sottsass, 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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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.

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.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Hardback
Size: 320 x 230 mm (12 5/8 x 9 in)
Pages: 1040 pp
Illustrations: 1700 illustrations
ISBN: COLLECT100026C

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.

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.

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

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


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