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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
This book is the last word on the greatest store ever created. The stories in here are illuminating, exuberant and full of everything that was right and positive and hopeful about the 1960's. If you've only heard about Design Research but never got there, this is your best shot at it. Back to the future!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2010
Going through this wonderful DR book brings back so many memories for me. I remember when DR opened in Harvard Sq. First you noticed the amazing building. It was a pleasure to view, with all the light and colors visible through the glass. Then, when you entered the building there was color everywhere, a whole new style of furnishing and decorating and WOW those Marimekko fabrics. I never came out of DR without purchasing something, it was a fun place to shop.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2010
What a wonderful book! For those of us who loved the Design Research stores and mourned their passing, this book brings back many happy memories.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2010
This book about Design Research captures the visual style of the store through a distinctive format that offers a unique voice for some of the participants who lived and practiced modern design during this era, along with many ideas quite relevant in our world today. Many of Ben Thompson's good ideas are recognizable in the new ventures spawned by D|R. The store was a great venue for many innovative ideas-- and this book documents a great era of "thinking design" that some of us still practice!

Thanks to Jane Thompson and her team, for generously documenting this influential era of design history, so that future generations can understand what came before the present day form! Let's hope this book becomes a catalyst for, and influences, more great ideas to come!---KLD
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2012
I wish it had more visual examples of what D.R. sold to support the writing. Distant shots through the windows don’t do it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2013
Thorough and detailed, this describes an exciting time in the history of design. Ben Thompson and Design Research made great design available to American consumers. Now we have lots of retail stores that offer well-designed merchandise to consumers. All because DR broke the ice. I lived in Cambridge in those days too, so it's cool to read the backstory.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2011
This book is primarily of interest to style and interior design aficionados. I bought it because I was living in Cambridge in DR's "breakthrough" and had friends working there in rather high positions. I wanted to reminisce, and did so. I don't think the book would be of much interest to a general audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
I was sent to Design Research for the first time in the early 60’s by my design professor. It was our go to place for finding good design. 50 years later I still love the things I saw there and have acquired many for our home. The book brought back fond memories. A great coffee table book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
An ode to early design fanaticism but all about shopping, looks like a catalog
Only not as useful. Even the photos aren't that good.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
I was sorry it was a book about a store that took the leap into modern design. It is a vanity book. Not much to take from the text or pictures. A little too 'been there, done that'..
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