Why What How: Collecting Design in a Contemporary Market, by Libby Sellers.
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In Why What How Libby Sellers offers practical guidance for enthusiasts and collectors of historical and contemporary design and introduces some of the most important designers working today.
She puts current design trends into context by charting key moments in design history from the last 150 years and highlighting important preoccupations shaping contemporary practice. She explains the nuances that separate everyday objects from the genuinely collectable, and highlights some of the ambiguities that conflate the two.
Over 70 contemporary designers are featured, including Ron Arad, Maarten Baas, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Martino Gamper, Stuart Haygarth, Joris Laarman, Julia Lohmann, Studio Makkink and Bey, Marc Newson, Rolf Sachs and Kram/Weisshaar.
Libby Sellers is a design historian, consultant, curator and writer. She spent 7 years as curator at the Design Museum in London.
Published by HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd, London in 2010.