London’s Design Museum Spotlights World-Changing Chairs, Cars, Dresses, Shoes

DM world changers.jpgWhat do Konstantin Grcic‘s Chair One, the Model-T Ford, a candy-colored slipdress from Matthew Williamson‘s 1998 debut collection, and galoshes have in common? They all changed the world, according to a new series of books from London’s Design Museum. The four volumes highlight 50 chairs, cars, dresses, and shoes that have had a substantial impact on the design world, from the bentwood seating of Michael Thonet to the seamless, wave-patterned Lacoste boots designed by Zaha Hadid. At just over 100 pages each, the books make for quick reading and good entry points for young design fans. Publisher Conran Octupus plans to release the series stateside later this year, but copies are already selling briskly at the Design Museum, which is offering the four-volume set for £35 (about $58, at current exchange rates).