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Architecture & Design

This guide is intended to help you get started with your architecture & design research.


Searching "industrial design$ or product design$ or new products" will retrieve many, but not nearly all items 

Often, but not always, the words "design," "designs," "designer," or "designers" are included in the entries, however these terms retrieve titles on all types of design and designers, e.g. fashion design.

In addition to broad subject terms, search on specific terms such as relevant designers' and/or firm names, materials, type of object, and any associated processes as well as known titles or authors.  See Selected Call Numbers, Keywords, Authors, Designers, and Design Subjects on this Web page to use in your searches as appropriate.

Selected Keywords

Illy (coffee)

Selected Authors

Alastair, Fuad-Luke
Annicchiarico, Silvana
Antonelli, Paola
Betsky, Aaron
Byars, Mel
Chapman, Jonathan, 1974-
Fiell, Charlotte
Heskett, John
Manzini, Ezio
McDermott, Catherine
Meikle, Jeffrey
Morgan, Conway Lloyd
Sparke, Penny

Selected LC Call Numbers

Publications relevant to industrial design are scattered throughout the collection with various call numbers.

Many titles are classed in NK and TS. 

NK 1100s - 1500s Design, Interior Decoration
NK 1700s - 2700s Furniture, Interiors
NK 2775 - 3100s    Rugs
NK 3700s - 4600s  Ceramics
NK 4700s - 4800s   Costume, Fashion
NK 5000s - 5300s  Enamel, Glass
NK 5500s - 6000s  Art carving, Gems, Ivory
NK 6100s  Lighting
NK 6200s - 8400s  Metal work...Jewelry
NK 8800s - 9500s  Textiles
TA 166                    Ergonomics
TA 400s                  Materials, e.g. wood
TA 600s                  Structures
TK Architectural Lighting
TS 171                    Industrial Design

Selected Designers

Aalto, Alvar
Alessi (Firm)
Alessi, Alberto
Allen, Harry
Amici Design
Arad, Ron
Arbib, Richard, 1917-1995
Azumi, Shin, 1965-
Azumi, Tomoko, 1966-
Bakker, Gijs, 1942-
Béhar, Yves, 1967-
Blaisdell, George G.
Bonetti, Mattia, 1952-
Boontje, Tord, 1968-
Boym, Constantin
Bouroullec, Erwan, 1976-
Bouroullec, Ronan, 1971-
Bugatti (Family)
Castiglioni, Achille, 1918-2002
Citterio, Antonio, 1950-
Claesson, Marten
Colani, Luigi
Cole, Gabriel Ordeig
Colombo, Joe
Crosbie, Nick
Dahlstrom, Bjorn
De Lucchi, Michele
Ditzel, Nanna
Dixon, Tom
Doléac, Florence
Dresser, Christopher
Dreyfuss, Henry, 1904-
Droog Design (Firm)
Duranti, Maurizio
Eames, Charles
Eames, Ray
Eckhoff, Tias
Ekuan, Kenji
Enthoven, Axel
Ergonomidesign (Firm)
Ferreri, Marco
Fornasetti, Piero, d. 1988
Frankl, Paul T.
Frog (Firm)
Fukasawa, Naoto, 1956-
Fuller, R. Buckminster
G7 (Group)
Garouste, Elizabeth
Godwin, E.W.
Graves, Michael, 1934-
Grcic, Konstantin, 1965-
Grey, Eileen
Groenendijk, Huibert 
Hadid, Zaha
Harrison, Charles, 1931-
Hoffmann, Josef
Huber, Max
Hutton, Richard
IDEO (Firm)
Jacobsen, Arne
Jacobson, Phillip
Jongerius, Hella
Judd, Donald
Keisler, Friedrich
KGID (Firm): Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design
Kita, Toshiyuki
Koivisto, Eero
Kupetz, Gunter
Kurokawa, Tsutomu
Le Corbusier, 1887-1965
Lindberg, Stig
Loewy, Raymond, 1893-1986
Lovegrove, Ross, 1958-
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie
Magistretti, Vicco, 1920-
Martin, Aston
Mathsson, Bruno
Mauk (Firm)
Maurer, Ingo, 1932-
Mendini, Alessandro
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig, 1886-1969
Miller, Herman
Mollino, Carlo
Morris, William
Morrison, Jasper, 1959-
Munari, Bruno
Neumeister, Alexander
Newson, Marc, 1963-
Nutting, Wallace
Ohr, George E., 1857-1918
Pentagram Design
Perriand, Charlotte
Pesce, Gaetano
Philips' Gloeilampenfabrieken
Pigott, Gwyn Hanssen
Pininfarina, Paolo
Potter, Norman
Prouvé, Jean
Provinciali, Michele
Quinn, Bradley
Rashid, Karim
Roqueta, Santiago
Rune, Ola
Sottsass, Ettore, 1917-
Sottsass associati (Milan, Italy)
Starck, Philippe, 1949-
Szekely, Martin
Taillibert, Roger
Tayar, Ali
Triad Berlin (Firm)
Tupperware Corporation
Wagenfeld, Wilhelm
Walker, Stuart, 1955-
Wirkkala, Tapio, 1915-
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, Russell
Zeisel, Eva

Selected LC Subject Headings

General subject headings:

  • Design
  • Design - Environmental aspects
  • Design - History
  • Design, Industrial
  • Design, Industrial - History
  • Designers
  • Engineering design 
  • Industrial designers 
  • Interior architecture
  • Interior decoration

Furniture/Household Products:

  • Architect-designed decorative arts
  • Architect-designed furniture
  • Chair design
  • Chairs
  • Decorative arts - History
  • Electric lamps
  • Electric light fixtures
  • Electric lighting - Design
  • Flatware - Design
  • Furniture
  • Furniture design
  • Furniture designers
  • Furniture making
  • Glass lampshades
  • Household appliances - Design
  • Household appliances, Electric - Design 
  • Household electronics
  • Kitchen utensis - Design
  • Lamps
  • Light - Physiological effect
  • Lighting
  • Lighting - Architectural and decorative
  • Office furniture - Design
  • Seating (Furniture) - Design
  • Table or Tables (but also used for tables of data)
  • Tableware - Design

Other products:

  • Airplanes - Design and construction
  • Athletic shoes
  • Automobiles - Design and construction
  • Bicycles - Design and construction
  • Bicycles - Dynamics
  • Bicycles - History
  • Cigar lighters - Design and construction
  • Clock and watch making
  • Clocks and watches
  • Consumer goods - Design
  • Consumer goods - Environmental aspects
  • Electronic apparatus and appliances - Design and construction
  • Green products - Design and construction
  • Locks and keys
  • Motor vehicles - Design and construction
  • Motorcycles - Design and construction
  • Plastic tableware
  • Plastic container industry
  • Recreational vehicle living
  • Shoes - Design and construction
  • Sneakers
  • Sporting goods
  • Sports -  Equipment and supplies - Design and construction
  • Toys - Design and construction
  • Vespa motor scooter
  • Zippers

Human dimension:          

  • Architecture - Human factors
  • Barrier-free design
  • Children - Anthropometry
  • Human beings - Effect of technological innovations on
  • Human engineering (use for Ergonomics)
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Human-machine systems


  • Creative thinking
  • Inventions
  • Intellectual property
  • New products
  • New products - Environmental aspects
  • New products - Management
  • New products - Marketing
  • Originality -- Economic aspects
  • Patents
  • Technological innovations


  • Materials - Technological Innovations
  • Aluminum
  • Glass
  • Injection molding of plastics
  • Laminated materials
  • Laminated plastics
  • Metal products
  • Metal-work
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Plastics - Design
  • Plastics - History
  • Plastics - Molding
  • Pottery - Design
  • Smart materials
  • Wood
  • Wood products


  • Computer-aided design
  • Industrial design coordination
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Manufacturing industries - Environmental aspects
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Product life cycle
  • Product life cycle - environmental aspects
  • Rapid tooling


  • Advertising
  • Antiques
  • Brand name products
  • Business forecasting
  • Commercial art
  • Consumption (Economics)
  • Culture - History
  • Decorative arts
  • Graphic arts
  • High technology industries
  • Marketing research
  • Material culture
  • Product management
  • Technology transfer