Happy Anniversary to Iconic Design This Year And Next

Great designs, designers, and institutions mark important milestones this year and next.


Woolworth Building, 1913

To celebrate the centennial year  of Cass Gilbert’s “skyscraper,” once the tallest in the world, his great-granddaughter Helen Post    Curry is offering guided tours of the building.

 Courtesy The Pictorial News Co., N.Y

Stool 60, 1933

Alvar Aalto tested the Stool 60 by flinging it and screaming, “We’ll make thousands of these one day!” He was being modest—Artek  has sold millions of them, and is issuing special editions by leading designers.

 Courtesy Artek

Taliesin West, 1938

Frank Lloyd Wright purchased a piece of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and began construction on the complex that would become  his winter home, his studio, and the main campus of his architecture school.

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 Courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Sling Chair, 1948

Harvey Probber once said that “the quality of aging gracefully” was “design’s fourth dimension,” a contention borne out by his classic  chair. M2L is reissuing a number of the designer’s furniture pieces next year.

 Courtesy Harvey Probber Design Archive

Palace of Assembly, Chandigarh, 1963

Fears that bureaucrats are eroding its design legacy have made Le Corbusier’s building the focus of many local and international  conservation campaigns.

 Photo by Nicholas Iyadurai

Ligne Roset Togo, 1973

To mark the anniversary of Michel Ducaroy’s extremely popular sofa, Ligne Roset is launching a lounge version upholstered in a new  houndstooth fabric.

 Courtesy Ligne Roset

B&B Italia’s Headquarters, 1973

Designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, the building is a precursor to the Centre Georges Pompidou, and represents the  company’s industrial business culture.

 Courtesy B&B Italia

Hansgrohe in America, 1988

One of the first Hansgrohe products to be introduced in the U.S., the Clubmaster 3-Jet Showerhead combined classic German  engineering with American craftsmanship.

 Courtesy Hansgrohe

Photoshop, 1988

The software developed by brothers Thomas and John Knoll is so ubiquitous that its name is often used as a verb meaning “to edit an  image on a computer.” Adobe acquired the license in 1988.

 Courtesy Adobe

Cappellini and Jasper Morrison, 1988

By manufacturing the all-metal Thinking Man’s Chair, Cappellini inaugurated the 25-year relationship with Jasper Morrison that  produced this year’s CAP chair.

 Courtesy Cappellini


House of Baccarat, 1764

From sumptuous chandeliers commissioned by the crowned heads of Europe to contemporary designs by the likes of Philippe Starck and Marcel    Wanders, the 250-year history of the French luxury House of Baccarat is documented in a luscious publication released last October by Rizzoli.

 Courtesy Baccarat

Bernhardt Furniture, 1889

To mark the anniversary of its founding, Bernhardt Design will launch three chairs next year, developed by noted designers Ross Lovegrove, Noé  Duchaufour-Lawrance, and Jephson Robb.

 Courtesy Bernhardt Design

Paul Rand and Hans Wegner, 1914

Born four months apart, design giants  Wegner (left) and Rand left distinctively national stamps on their fields. Wegner’s sensual-but-spare forms  became the gold standard for Danish Modern, while Rand put a witty American spin on graphic design, creating identities for corporations like IBM and  UPS.

 Courtesy PP Møbler

Boffi, 1934

In 1934, Piero Boffi left his job at an aircraft manufacturer to start a more homey venture—a craftsman-led company that produced items for kitchens  and bathrooms that is now a design leader in the field.

 Courtesy Boffi

New York World’s Fair, 1939

For the first time, a world’s fair set its eyes firmly on the future. From robots to public transit, the legacy of this exposition in New York is still felt today.

 Corbis Images

Rudder Table, 1949

The Herman Miller Collection is reissuing this 1949 design by Isamu Noguchi, which has a wooden top identical in shape to his more famous glass table  from 1947.

 Courtesy Herman Miller

Ford Mustang, 1964

Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A, this quintessentially American automobile made its first appearance at the 1964 World’s Fair and has  been a cultural icon ever since.

 Courtesy Ford

New York World’s Fair, 1964

Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames designed IBM’s pavilion with screens showing a film by the Eameses, and the exhibition Mathematica: A World of  Numbers … and Beyond.

 Courtesy Eames Office/ Eames Foundation

30 St. Mary Axe, 2004

Known to locals as the Gherkin or the Swiss Re building (after its main occupant), this skyscraper by Foster+Partners was a marvel of efficiency and fine  engineering, using about half the energy consumed by comparably sized buildings.

 Courtesy Foster + Partners


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