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Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design

Frances Ambler


A chic little book featuring scores of elegant illustrations of classic pieces of mid-century modern design


The mid-20th century was one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design. Drawing on the inventive style of the era, this chic little book features scores of exclusive illustrations of classic mid-century designs, from Eames chairs to Poul Henningsen lamps and George Nelson clocks, all rendered in a distinctive graphic style.

Featuring over ninety pieces by sixty designers and design duos, Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design is arranged chronologically, and includes chairs, tables, storage, lighting, and product and industrial design. Each spread includes a graphic depiction of the piece, while fact-filled and informative texts explain the designers’ influences and the products’ place in design history. The models, materials and designers index offers easy reference through the book.

Brimming with the most recognizable and well-loved pieces from a period of design that is always in style, this book is the ideal gift for all design and interior enthusiasts.

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'A comprehensive digest showcasing more than 90 pieces from this highly collectable style of design'
Creative Boom

'[A] homage to mid-century style'
It's Nice That

'[A] style encyclopedia'
Ideal Home

'If you're looking to source inspiration from a particular century for your crafty projects, or need ideas on how to furnish your sewing room, then this book is perfect'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 17.6 x 12.7 cm

Extent: 200 pp

Publication date: 26 July 2018

ISBN: 9780500022030

Contents List

Introduction • The Icons • Index of models, designers and manufacturers

About the Author

Frances Ambler is a guest editor at MidCentury Magazine.