It marks Phaidon’s second foray into digital publishing, following the launch of its Wallpaper City guides iPhone app last year.
The digital book, which is iPad-specific, features 1000 designs, as opposed to the print version’s 999, and will be sold at an introductory price of $19.99 (£12.95). The print volumes retail in the UK at £100.
Work by designers including Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Dieter Rams feature alongside anonymous products including the chopstick, the clothes peg and the corkscrew.
Objects are organised chronologically and can be accessed through a timeline on the right-hand side of the screen.
Archival photographs, original sketches, patents and prototypes are shown, alongside information on the products, their designers and manufacturers, as well as historical context.
The Apple iPad is expected to launch in the UK by the end of April.