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The Man Who Designed the Future by B. Alexandra Szerlip

The Man Who Designed the Future

  • Hardcover $28.99

    Apr 25, 2017 | 416 Pages

  • Ebook $24.99

    Apr 25, 2017

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“A rich, swift, and entrancing new biography…Smart and charming.” —Boston Review

“In this fascinating and minutely researched biography, Szerlip brings the brilliant, indefatigable industrial designer’s imagination to life…A remarkable rediscovery of a man ahead of his time.” —Booklist / American Library Association (starred review)

“Szerlip takes great care to capture the fundamentally theatrical quality of Bel Geddes’s rise, balancing creative license with considerable research in order to produce a narrative that’s fast paced yet rich with detail….A thorough and exciting biography of one of the most imaginative designers of the modern age.” —Library Journal

“Engaging…Szerlip gives full rein to Bel Geddes’s strengths without brushing aside his paradoxes…[He] exited the stage at the high summer of an American future he had envisioned in fine detail long before we lived it.” —Chicago Review of Books

“Set designer, automobile stylist, architect, founding father of American industrial design, inventor of genius, Norman Bel Geddes was volcanically talented and sui generis. In her lively and scrupulously well-researched biography, B. Alexandra Szerlip gives him a deserved place as a key visionary of modernity.” —Nikil Saval, author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

“What a riveting story—of a gloriously giddy time when one man could revolutionize the way everything, from Broadway to kitchen scales, looks and works!  Is being forgotten one of the ironic penalties of being an American visionary?  Once you’ve succeeded in giving the future reality, the present no longer needs you. Thank you, Ms. Szerlip, for the vivacious restoration!” —John Guare, Playwright, Six Degrees of Separation 

“I learned a lot about Norman Bel Geddes from B. Alexandra Szerlip’s book. He was a complex, controversial genius, worthy of this biography. His visionary design of GM’s Futurama exhibit for the 1939 NY World’s Fair revolutionized people’s thinking about the future.” —Don Norman, bestselling author of The Design of Everyday Things, and Director, DesignLab, UC San Diego
 
“A sympathetic portrait of a guy with such an appetite for creation…Put him on the list with Da Vinci, Verne, Disney and Steve Jobs—he’s somewhere in between all of them.”—The Last Bookstore Blog

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