DesignPOP is a survey of trends in contemporary furniture and products that reveals how design is not only changing with the times—it is inventing the future. The game-changing projects that compose DesignPOP push the boundaries of our expectations and show us new ideas, new possibilities, and ultimately new products that enrich our lives. The bar has been permanently raised as we enter the next century, and the proliferation of innovative designs continues. New materials and processes are being invented, convention and traditions are constantly being challenged, and sustainability and social responsibility are influencing new directions. Even the definition of designer is changing as the lines between disciplines begin to blur, with new technology from companies like Apple and Dyson radically altering both form and function. Historic boundaries disappear, designers innovate their way through roadblocks, and the twenty-first century is experiencing a design renaissance unparalleled in history.
This book showcases a broad variety of these examples: from designs that pioneer a new material or a new production process, or reinvent the use for an existing one, to those that alter our expectations about the way something should look and create a whole new typology, or a thoughtful design added to products that traditionally were only considered for their functionality. It presents work from stars in the field, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Marc Newson, Marcel Wanders, Yves Behar, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Campana brothers, Hella Jongerius, Tord Boontje, Philippe Starck, Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Ross Lovegrove, Dror Benshetrit, Tokujin Yoshioka, Jasper Morrison, James Dyson, and Jonathan Ive.
Lisa S. Roberts is a collector, designer, and architect who hosted the reality television program My Design Life on the Ovation network.