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George Nelson: The Design of Modern Design Paperback – August 28, 2000

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"A should-buy book for designers of all stripes,patterns, and colors." Steven Skov Holt Design Book Review

About the Author

Stanley Abercrombie, Editorial Director of Interior Design, is a former director of the Society of Architectural Historians and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His books include Gwathmey Siegel, Architecture as Art, and A Philosophy of Interior Design.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262511169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262511162
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although the book is minimal on color illustrations and its strength relies mainly on its text, contrary of what I had expected, I was very pleased with it. It is a very comprehensive study of the work of Nelson, one of the pioneers of American industrial design, giving more importance to the concepts and the process of design, rather than to the produced objects, buildings and exhibitions themselves. The preface by Ettore Sottssass is equally outstanding, as most of his written works are.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Availar James on January 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
George Nelson was not only a creative artistic talent, he was also a commercial genius (just like Picasso was). These two talents provided his secret for success that would reward him throughout his life. This book documents in detail how George Nelson thought and designed. The attention is clearly on his biography, this is not a coffee table book filled with an overdose of pictures. A wonderful biography about a designer that was the founding father of American Modern Design. I also suggest to visit the wonderful online archive about George Nelson at WWW.GEORGENELSON.ORG.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tropics Refugee on June 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A terrific biography about a wonderful and creative individual. Although George Nelson created many iconic designs his legacy lives more in how he lived his life and who he chose to be.

An intelligent and humanistic piece of biographical work. I couldn't put it down and at the end of the book I felt as though I had lost a friend.
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By Jim on July 15, 2008
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George Nelson's life work goes beyond the production of a building or a product although he did both of these things . . . and well. George thought about the fundamental problems of living in a designed environment.
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