Twenty-first Century Design: New Design Icons, from Mass Market to Avant-garde

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Carlton, 2006 - Architecture, Modern - 463 pages
Twenty-first Century Design is the a fascinating survey of the contemporary design landscape, guiding the reader through the intoxicating array of contemporary movements, styles and trends, and identifying today's leading designers, as well as future design classics. This pioneering publication places the contemporary scene in a historic framework and explores cultural and economic forces shaping design now and in the years to come. Accessible and engaging, it charts the incredible explosion of design worldwide and discusses cross-fertilization between design movements in what is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting industries in the world.

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Marcus Fairs, formerly the editor of the architecture and design magazine, icon, is editor of online design magazine Dezeen ( A furniture design graduate, Marcus wrote about architecture and design for a number of British publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller before launching icon, one of the world's leading architecture and design publications, in 2003.

Marcus has won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002) and Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004). He also regularly appears on radio and TV in the UK, most recently writing and presenting a documentary about French designer Philippe Starck for the BBC. Marcus resides in London, England.


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