Patented Book Talk

Patented: 120 Years in 1,000 Designs

Celebrate the book launch of an unprecedented, essential field guide to more than a century of fascinating product and industrial design, told through 1,000 design patents!

  • Learn about notable designers, architects, and celebrities – Jacobsen, Dreyfuss, Eames, Rams, Saarinen, Knoll, Loewy, Sottsass, and Starck are featured. There are some surprises too: Prince, Elon Musk, Donatella Versace, and Francis Ford Coppola are also included as inventors.
  • Rediscover little-known designs by famous designers unearthed in parsing through design patents.
  • Uncover prolific but long-forgotten designers whose vast bodies of work are revealed in patent searches.
  • Explore the “curation” that went into shortlisting 1,000 designs from a pool of nearly 800,000.
  • Discover globalization and other underlying trends as illustrated by patents – for example, US patents issued to Chinese residents are now over 20,000 annually, up from about 50 per year in the 1990s.
  • Save 20% off a copy of Patented with a unique discount code!

About this Webinar:

Patented spotlights objects everyone will be familiar with, from vegetable peelers to ATM machines, alongside creations from Elon Musk, a tape dispenser or a Vespa. From legendary classics to anonymous objects that are indispensable in homes and offices, Patented contains patents that are not only fascinating design documents in their own right, but that also form a unique history of design. The uniform aesthetic of patent drawings means that all 1,000 designs are viewed equally, whether a chair from Gehry or Eames, a calculator or a blender.

Beyond offering a fascinating catalogue of designs from the last 120 years, Patented features some of the biggest names in product design including Jacobsen, Dreyfuss, Eames, Rams, Saarinen, Knoll, Loewy, Sottsass and Starck. Patented also includes some surprises too, with names such as Issey Miyake, Donatella Versace and Francis Ford Coppola included as inventors.

About Thomas Rinaldi

Thomas Rinaldi is an architectural designer based in New York City with degrees from Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He has written several architecture books and his photographs have been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New York Post. He has lectured widely, including at the New York Public Library and the Society of Architectural Historians.
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