Contemporary explores the style of design from the late Forties and throughout the Fifties. The book, published by Phaidon and written by Lesley Jackson, examines the fresh ideas of this era. In paperback, price 21.95.

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Upcoming design books to look out for

Spotlighting marginalised women designers, “heads on” design solutions to environmental issues and more – these are the anticipated design books we think you should read.