Charlotte and Peter Fiell
Publishing Directors, Goodman Fiell
Charlotte and Peter Fiell are arguably the bestselling design writers in the world. From 1993 to December 2007 they were the editors-in-charge of design books in Taschen GmbH, one of the most dynamic and successful illustrated book imprints in the world. Over this period, the Fiells authored/edited 38 books on architecture and design, many of which appeared in more than 20 languages. To date, over 2.8 million copies of their books have been sold worldwide. Their books are now being distributed in the United States by Continental Sales, Inc.
The Fiells are renowned experts in creating benchmark-setting books. Their publications on architecture and design have been hailed as milestones in the illustrated book industry and are considered standard works of reference among teaching institutions, design professionals, dealers, collectors and auction rooms worldwide.
Having recently established their own imprint – Goodman Fiell (Carlton Publishing Group) – Charlotte and Peter are now publishing their own books as well as those by other experts in their fields across a range of disciplines – art, architecture, design, digital culture, ethical, fashion, lifestyle, natural history, photography and popular culture.
They reside in London, England. For more information, please consult: www.fiell.com.
Reviews of Books by Charlotte and Peter Fiell
“An important and accessible reference.”
–The New York Times (Design of the 20th Century)
“For a short course in modern design, Design of the 20th Century may be all you need.”
–The Washington Post (Design of the 20th Century)
“…an important point of reference for anyone studying or working in design.”
–Designer Magazine (Design Now)
“…A masterpiece of compression.” –LA Architect Magazine (Industrial Design)
“A must see for design schools and architecture firms…” –Chicago Tribune (Domus 1928-1999)
“.. an indispensable tool for collectors.” –San Francisco Examiner (Decorative Art 1910s-1970s)
“Essential reading for every budding designer.” –Interiors Magazine (Designing the 21st Century)
“An excellent taster of the major designers and the styles of the last century.” –Daily Telegraph (1000 Chairs)
Goodman Fiell Fall 2013 Releases
Goodman Fiell is a recently formed imprint of the UK-based Carlton Publishing Group. This year, their line of books is being released into the United States by Illinois -based distributor, Continental Sales, Inc..
Charlotte Fiell, and her husband, Peter, teamed up on three of the eight new releases. Charlotte worked with others on three more books. Their Fall 2013 list includes the following books:
1930s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook
by Charlotte Fiell and Emmanuelle Dirix
Charlotte, a design historian who has penned numerous best-selling books, and Emmanuelle, a highly regarded fashion historian, curator, and lecturer, crafted a collection of 600 original period photographs and illustrations that completely redefines the appraisal of 1930’s fashion. From the Wall Street Crash to Hollywood, this book shows the influence of culture, economy, and politics on the nostalgic and vintage fashion of a bygone era. In this enchanting book, a world of revolutionary changes in fashion can be found, that both hold up a mirror to the wider concerns of society at the time, and also demonstrates the remarkable ingenuity of designers and home-seamstresses who managed to thrive despite economic constraints and turmoil. This is the decade of the skirt suit, of sportswear-as-daywear and jersey fabrics, of fur coats and matching accessories. It is the decade of so many trends that are, even to this day, eminently wearable.
1940s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook
by Emmanuelle Dirix and Charlotte Fiell
Replete with 600 original period photographs and illustrations, this unique look at a decade initially dominated by war and frugality shows how an explosion of contemporary, forward-looking fashions evolved. This book covers every aspect of female fashion from the period, including lacy evening gowns, tailored skirt-suits, luxurious fur jackets, figure-sculpting undergarments, satin negligees and glamorous swimwear. Accompanying the images is an introduction outlining the different themes of the period and each chapter is given a concise introduction. Biographies of all the major designers and fashion houses of the time are also included for an in-depth look at who shaped the 1940’s fashion world. Official film studio shots are included from MGM, Paramount, RKO, and Universal, featuring actresses such as Barbara Stanwyck, Rosalind Russell, Veronica Lake, Joan Bennett, and designers including Dior, Schiaparelli, Edith Head, Lanvin, Adrian, and Lucien Lelong.
Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s
by Ryan Hughes; foreword by David Roach
This dazzling collection of illustrations from the 1950’s captures the work of the decade’s most talented US and UK illustrators and graphic artists. It uniquely offers visual documentation of the social changes occurring back then, as well as the changing fashions, standards, and aspirations of the day. It celebrates the work of artists who have received little recognition publicly, but who hold cult status for artists across the globe. Featuring over 1,000 beautiful and stylistically diverse illustrations, this volume charts the decade’s progression as the new, younger generation emerged from post-war austerity to shape a new, more aspirational culture. From stylish and urbane young couples in romantic clinches to professional men and women exploring their new-found affluence and growing independence, this book provides an unsurpassed insight into the changing styles, dreams, and social mores of the Fifties.
Chairs: 1000 Masterpieces of Modern Design — 1800 to the Present Day
by Charlotte & Peter Fiell
A trademark Charlotte & Peter Fiell title, it follows on from the huge success of their book 1,000 Chairs (Taschen) which has sold over 600,000 copies to date. As the Fiells’ specialized area, this is the last word from the renowned authorities on the subject. Contemporary designers include Zaha Hadid, Werner Aisslinger, Studio Drift, Rolf Sachs, Niels Diffrient, Barber Osgerby (Olympic torch designers), and Thomas Heatherwick (Olympic cauldron designer).