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Raymond Guidot

Flammarion, 2006
352 pages
Fully illustrated, colour.
ISBN: 2080305190

Industrial Design: Techniques and Materials is the first work of its kind to offer a comprehensive guide to the design materials of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Divided into four chapters, the work traces the history of design materials, from the origins of mass production in the Industrial Revolution, to contemporary uses of wood, metals, and synthetics, and then speculates on their future role in the design industry. Each chapter is written by an expert in the domain. Raymond Guidot reviews the many innovations made possible by the Industrial Revolution, the subsequent birth of synthetic materials, and the impact of these technological advances on the world of design. Jean Grenier gives a detailed analysis of contemporary design materials, uses, and trends, and postulates on their possibilities and limits in the future. Jean-Baptiste Touchard explores the all-encompassing influence of information technology on design. Finally, Jean-Jacques Salomon examines the increasingly important relationship between the environment and the design world, including how modern designers consciously consider the ecological impact of their creations, which has resulted in the popular use of recyclable materials. With more than 300 emblematic images, including landmark works by great names such as Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, and Ettroe Sottsass, this book is an essential reference for architects, design professionals, and students.


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