The Phaidon Book Club

The Design Museum has partnered with Phaidon to launch a new book club, exploring a range of design topics, themes and practices. Explore a new book picked by the Design Museum each month.

Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989

Some people in the United States were shocked to discover the extent to which the Russian state attempted to influence the US 2016 presidential election via social media. For others though, Russia’s soft influence over the world’s political structure via its use of technology comes as no surprise. Back in the old days, the Soviet Union also tried to exert soft power in American political circles via the prevailing media of the times, as the new Phaidon book, Designed in the USSR: 1950-1989 makes clear.

Industrial Facility

One of the most impressive things about the London design practice Industrial Facility is the way founders Kim Colin and Sam Hecht draw inspiration for their sleek, modern products from the most lowly, unlikely sources. This book explores some of their creations that followed that design path including: table, bench, chair, door handle and the Muji fan.

Barber Osgerby, Projects

Collaborators for over 20 years, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have applied their talents to everything from industrial design and furniture to lighting and installations. The most comprehensive survey of their work to date, this book offers a unique, 360-degree view of their approach and working methods. Stunning images explore their work thematically, while six essays provide an exclusive look into career-defining projects.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

Ferrari may still paint its cars an evocative shade of red, but today, motor racing is much less of a blood sport than it once was. Racing drivers still crash, however technological advances and improved safety measures, in helmet design and elsewhere, mean those crashes are rarely fatal.

Spectrum - John Pawson

“Colour is an attribute people don’t necessarily associate with my work,” says the minimalist architect John Pawson. “There is a longstanding presumption that it is all about whiteness. The truth is that it is impossible to talk about any architecture — including my own — without talking about colour.

Ward Bennett

Born in 1917, Ward Bennett was under-regarded as a modernist designer in his lifetime, perhaps because of the un-ostentatious, uncluttered way in which he lived. Essentially, he believed in simplicity, both in his design and as a design for life. He began in fashion but would eventually excel in furniture.