Designer, author and historian Thomas Rinaldi has compiled what looks to be a captivating book of 1,000 influential design patents. Called “Patented,” the book is billed as “an unprecedented history, as well as an essential field guide, to more than a century of fascinating product and industrial design, told through 1,000 design patents.”
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As you’d expect, names like Raymond Loewy, Henry Dreyfuss and Harmut Esslinger appear; spotting their work will be part of the fun of leafing through the book. Here are some samples from a variety of sections:
Published by Phaidon, the $40 “Patented” is available for pre-order and will be released this spring.