Phaidon's forthcoming 1000 Design Classics really should be called 1000 Industrial Design Classics, as nearly everything in it was mass-produced, but I'll be grateful the book exists rather than quibble over the title.
"This new book presents 1,000 of the world's greatest objects in one large-format volume - from everyday items by anonymous creators to lauded pieces by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand, Dieter Rams, Richard Sapper, Hans J. Wegner, and Florence Knoll."
"Carefully revised to bring every detail up to date, and with the addition of 100 new items that highlight designers from a diverse variety of backgrounds (including a greater number of female designers) and products from the last 15 years, this collection of the world's greatest product design is more comprehensive, compelling - and more relevant - than ever before."
Pressed Glass 4644, Aino Aalto, 1932. Image credit: iittala
Cylindrical Storage, Anna Castelli Ferrieri, 1969. Image credit: Anna Castelli Ferrieri
Model 300 Telephone, Henry Dreyfuss, 1937. Image credit: AT&T Archives
"The book showcases celebrated names alongside the new stars of modern design, including Le Corbusier, Alvar and Aino Aalto, Isamu Noguchi, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Lani Adeoye, Faye Toogood, and Lindsey Adelman. Each entry is accompanied by beautiful imagery and a detailed description that offers a rich insight into the product, its history, and its maker, from the renowned Tulip Chair by Eero Saarinen to the much-loved Bird Zero e-scooter."
Pod 2001, Jonathan Ive, Apple Design Team, 2001. Image credit: Apple
Timor Calendar, Enzo Mari, 1967. Image credit: Danese, photo by Davide Clari
ET 44 Pocket Calculator, Dieter Rams, Dietrich Lubs, 1978. Image credit: Braun GmbH