The AZ of modern design
This encyclopedia is the most comprehensive guide available to international product design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It includes more than 300 entries on influential designers and studios and the most important design-led manufacturers worldwide, both past and present, from Frank Lloyd Wright, Raymond Loewy and Philippe Starck to Apple, Ikea and BMW. The products featured range from classic cars, furniture and ceramics to the latest MP3 players. Each entry includes an informative profile, a biography or company history, and a product chronology, and is accompanied by colour photographs.
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Review: The AZ of Modern DesignUser Review - Jill Holm - Goodreads
A beautifully designed book with summaries and timelines for a number of modern industrial designers. The summaries tend to be a bit pompous (I wonder if some were written by the designers themselves???) but all in all a valuable book at least for the photographs. Read full review