Happy Anniversary!

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

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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.

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


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