Happy Anniversary!

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

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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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