Alessi: The Design Factory, published by Academy Editions, illustrates the development of the company’s design ethos since its founding in 1921. Professor Christopher Frayling introduces the book, which retails at 22.50.

American Design in the Twentieth Century by Gregory Votolato is published by Manchester University Press. The book looks at how design evolved as a profession and a leisure activity and reflects the national traditions of self-improvement and self-expression. The book costs 50 in hardback and 17.99 in paperback.

The Student Design Yearbook 1998 is published by Basement. Third-year design students were invited to submit their work for possible inclusion. The book is a source of fresh talent to help raise the profile of young designers.

Contact: Basement Publishing on 0181-642 4412.

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