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SowdenDesign has been prominently featured in design-related books spanning two decades. From Sowden's early work with the Memphis team to SowdenDesign's inclusion in the prestigious 1999 Product Book, the company's influential designs have drawn notice
internationally. Most of these books are available at amazon.com.
Designing the 21st Century

By Charlotte & Peter Fiell

Taschen, 2001


How do today’s brightest and best designers see the future of design? What are the defining elements of form, function, and aesthetics at the turn of the millennium? In response to these burning questions, we’ve put together the definitive book on cutting-edge product design, furniture, ceramics,
glassware, and textiles. Including a cross section of the world’s most influential designers, from superstars to newcomers, and stunning images of their most progressive work, Designing the 21st Century is like no other book of its kind. Making it especially unique are the contributions from all
designers featured: each sent us his or her answer to the question, “What is your vision for the future of design?” Crack the book to see how their revolutionary ways of thinking take shape. The experimental concepts and predictions featured here will serve as an important reference for generations
to come—when researchers in 2101 want to see what was going on in design a century earlier, this is the book they’ll turn to.
British Design and Art Direction Annual 1999

Laurence King Publishing, 1999

The 1999 D&AD Annual profiles the best of British and international creativity. The 500-plus product designs selected for special recognition were chosen from more than 17,000 nominees. Those honored come from fields including environmental and product design, radio, television and cinema commercials,
press advertising, editorial, graphic, pop promotional videos and multimedia projects. SowdenDesign was recognized for the Rotor 2000 payphone, which it developed for Italian telecom supplier IPM.
Contemporary Italian Product Design

By Scevola & San Pietro

Books Nippan, 1999


Devoted to recent Italian industrial products and featuring an introduction by Italian stylist Giorgio Giugiaro, this work presents an organic and systematic picture of the the evolution of Italian style. The featured objects were all made in Italy or created by Italian designers for foreign manufacturers
and were selected on the basis of their innovative typology, technology and materials. The book is aimed at designers and manufacturers, particularly those who want to take a closer look at the aesthetic of Italian design.
The Product Book

By Catherine McDermott

British Design and Art Direction, 1999


Thoughtful commentaries by the designers whose work fills this volume show how product design, more than any
other design discipline, has helped define the culture of our times. Thirty of the world's most creative designers describe their working practices, client relationships, and the influences that shape
their design decisions. Illustrative photo spreads allow readers to study the products closely, and informative biographies offer further insights into these top design professionals.
A Century of Design: Design Pioneers of the 20th Century

By Penny Sparke

Barron's Educational Series, 1998


Focusing on the unique history of design during the 20th century, this book is as beautiful to look at as it is
exciting to read. It contains more than 580 color photographs covering a wide spectrum of objects -- from furniture, glass, ceramics, and metalware to industrial products and household appliances.
Memphis

By Brigitte Fitoussi

Thames and Hudson, 1998


Characterized by misshapen chair legs, vivid colors and strange combinations of materials, the work of Memphis - an international design group founded in Milan in 1981 - upset every rule of functionalism and modern "good taste." United around Ettore Sottsass and the intellectual counterculture, the
members of Memphis -- young creative artists, architects, designers and graphic artists -- put forward a new vision of furniture and objects that were more emotional than functional, more artistic than commercial.
Mondo Materialis: Materials and Ideas for the Future

Beylerian & Osborne

Harry N. Abrams Publisher, 1990


At the invitation of Steelcase Design Partnership, New York, more than 120 leading architectural, interior and product design firms worldwide share their ideas for the materials and technologies of the next generation. A thorough examination of the future of design in the man-made environment.
George J. Sowden - Designing 1970-1990

Mus�e des Arts Decoratifs, 1990

A 20-year retrospective of George Sowden's work as an industrial designer, originally published to accompany an exhibition
of his work at the Museum of Decorative Arts of Bordeaux. The written contributions by Penny Sparke, Andrea Branzi, Michele De Lucchi and others make this an insightful and informative guide to Sowden's
postmodern designs. Focuses particularly on the Memphis years.
Postmodern Design

By Michael Collins & Andreas Papadakis

Rizzoli, 1989
The International Design Yearbook: 1988/89

By Arata & Niesewand

Laurence King Publishing, 1989


Full technical data is included in this design yearbook, along with detailed biographies of the designers, a list of suppliers' addresses, and an update of design acquisitions at major museums around the world.
The New Furniture

By Peter Dormer

Thames and Hudson, 1987
Memphis: Research, Experiences, Failures and ...

By Barbara Radice

Electa, 1984


Founded in 1981, the international group of architects known as Memphis shook the design world to its foundations. Based in Italy and led by Ettore Sottsass, it overturned and reshaped the presuppositions on which the production of so-called Modern Design is based. It became the almost mythical symbol
of the New Design. Laughing out loud at our culture and at itself, Memphis pulled out all stops when it came to color, pattern, decoration and ornamentation.
Italian Furniture Design

By Albrecht Bangert

Limited Edition, 1988


This classic title offers a retrospective of the evolution of Italian furniture design, focusing on its highest points from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Memphis 1981-1988

Groninger Museum, 1988
Design als Gegenstand

By Baake Brandes Erlhof

Fr�lich & Kauffman, 1983
Memphis: The New International Style

Electa, 1981

featured publication
Who's Who in Design, Volume 2
By Peter Zec
How do today’s brightest and best designers see the future of design? What are the defining elements of form, function, and aesthetics at the turn of the millennium? In response to these burning questions, we’ve put together the definitive book on cutting-edge product design, furniture, ceramics, glassware, and textiles. Including a cross section of the world’s most influential designers, from superstars to newcomers, and stunning images of their most progressive work, Designing the 21st Century is like no other book of its kind. Making it especially unique are the contributions from all designers featured: each sent us his or her answer to the question, “What is your vision for the future of design?” Crack the book to see how their revolutionary ways of thinking take shape. The experimental concepts and predictions featured here will serve as an important reference for generations to come—when researchers in 2101 want to see what was going on in design a century earlier, this is the book they’ll turn to.
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