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Habitus #30 – Your further reading list

In our latest issue of Habitus, we examine the age of the icon. What is an icon? How does something become iconic? And why do we care so much? The discussion of what and who is an important and complex one, so we thought we’d keep the conversation going and share a short collection of authors and books we recommend. 

Philippe Starck 

Philippe Starck is a French designer known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture and objects. His mission: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. He has written a great number of books about his approach to design, some of which can be found here.

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is a prolific industrial designer. Karim’s latest monograph, XX (Design Media Publishing, 2015), features 400 pages of work selected from the last 20 years. Over the past 15 years he has also written a collection of other books that shed a light on his work, life and inspiration.

Iconic Designs 

Iconic Designs is a beautifully designed and illustrated guide to fifty classic ‘things’ – from the late 19th century to the present day, and include the Sydney Opera House, the Post-It Note, Coco Chanel’s classic suit, the Sony Walkman™, Hello Kitty™, Helvetica, the Ford Model T, Harry Beck’s diagrammatic map of the London Underground and the Apple iMac G3. You can get your hands on a copy here.

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