The Phaidon Book Club
The Design Museum has partnered with Phaidon to launch a new book club, exploring a range of design topics, themes and practices. Explore a new book picked by the Design Museum each month.
One of the most impressive things about the London design practice Industrial Facility is the way founders Kim Colin and Sam Hecht draw inspiration for their sleek, modern products from the most lowly, unlikely sources. This book explores some of their creations that followed that design path including: table, bench, chair, door handle and the Muji fan.
Collaborators for over 20 years, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have applied their talents to everything from industrial design and furniture to lighting and installations. The most comprehensive survey of their work to date, this book offers a unique, 360-degree view of their approach and working methods. Stunning images explore their work thematically, while six essays provide an exclusive look into career-defining projects.
Ferrari may still paint its cars an evocative shade of red, but today, motor racing is much less of a blood sport than it once was. Racing drivers still crash, however technological advances and improved safety measures, in helmet design and elsewhere, mean those crashes are rarely fatal.
“Colour is an attribute people don’t necessarily associate with my work,” says the minimalist architect John Pawson. “There is a longstanding presumption that it is all about whiteness. The truth is that it is impossible to talk about any architecture — including my own — without talking about colour.
Born in 1917, Ward Bennett was under-regarded as a modernist designer in his lifetime, perhaps because of the un-ostentatious, uncluttered way in which he lived. Essentially, he believed in simplicity, both in his design and as a design for life. He began in fashion but would eventually excel in furniture.