Women in Design
Women in Design:
From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel
by Clementine & Charlotte Fiell
Women in Design celebrates over a century of female creativity and ingenuity within all areas of design, including fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting, product, automotive, industrial, graphic and interactive as well as architecture.
Featuring more than 100 profiles of pioneering women designers, some who have achieved global recognition such as Ray Eames, Charlotte Perriand and Zaha Hadid, it also introduces the fascinating and often untold stories of lesser-known designers, who have similarly shaped and enriched the story of design.
Published by Laurence King Publishing, UK and Dumont Publishing, Germany.
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"Offering an alternative, female-focused history, Women in Design is an essential new tome dedicated to the innovators who have shaped the design world.” ELLE Decoration
'Lavishly illustrated coffee-table books on design aren’t usually associated with meaty introductions with a serious political bent. However, a new book from mother and daughter architecture and design-writing duo Charlotte and Clementine Fiell is just that'
The Irish Times. Read full article here.
'A fascinating new book on the female voice in the history of design.'
Forbes. Read full article here.
'A beautifully produced book which uncovers an alternative female history of design.'
Creativeboom. Read full article here.
'There have been a number of titles released in recent years, yet this latest from prolific design author Charlotte Fiell and her daughter Clementine promises to be the most comprehensive and international, and comes from a position of authority as well as passion.'
It's Nice That. Read full article here.
“This book presents an extensive cast of women designers who have made the world a far richer place. As the Fiells write in their introduction: ‘By introducing a female sensibility to problem-solving, they have contributed to a psychologically broader and more humane understanding of design. From textile and graphic designers to ceramicists and architects, it provides a kaleidoscopic catalogue of the last century of bold women creators.”
The RIBA Journal. Read full article here.
“A much-needed inspirational focus for women currently studying or practising design, this absorbing and beautifully illustrated book uncovers an alternative female history of design.” The Bookseller
Plus here is Dezeen's review – "Five female trailblazers who changed the field of design":
‘Women in Design: From Aino Aalto to Eva Zeisel’ was selected by the BBC as one of the ‘Ten Best Fashion and Design Books of 2019’
Excerpt from the book:
“This book is, first and foremost, a celebration of some truly remarkable women whose careers in design have been exceptional. They can rightly be called exceptional because, despite the odds stacked against them, the women featured here created significant bodies of work within what was – and to a certain extent still is – the male-dominated field of design. By highlighting their extraordinary achievements, our intention is to contextualize the role of women in design over the last one hundred years or so in order to trace how the status of female designers has evolved, while at the same time assessing where it stands today. In the past, all too often the work of female designers was overlooked in the literature on design, while also being woefully under-represented in exhibitions and museum collections. This book seeks to redress these outstanding omissions.”