Two decades of Design: charting the finest design innovations of 1996-2016

Two decades of Design: charting the finest design innovations of 1996-2016

History has its calm spots, long stretches where nothing much happens and the lives of men remain fundamentally unchanged. The last two decades were not such a time. Such has been the dizzying, disruptive advance of digital technology – creating seismic behavioural shifts and tech companies of vast wealth and power – it is easy to imagine the material world, the world beyond the screen, stuck in slow motion, an analogue also-ran with the wrong sort of engine.

As this expansive look back at two decades of design innovation makes clear, nothing could be further from the truth. The world of objects has also shifted on its axis. And in more and more areas, design – beautiful, functional design – has shifted from last-minute bolt-on, a perfunctory styling job, to first principle. We now begin with design and the world is a better-designed place.


The next two decades will see a new revolution as technology emerges from behind the screen and almost everything becomes smarter. Design will gain new dimensions and we will be here to show you how it happens. And, just to make clear that we can innovate with the best of them, our Proustian design reverie has a unique background pattern in every single issue. Here’s to another two decades of smarter, more beautiful, more refined stuff.

1996
British Airways flatbed
1996
British Airways flatbed

Launched in 1996 in First Class and then rolled out in Club World cabins in 2000, the British Airways flatbed transformed business travel with its increased space and comfortability.

Photography: Courtesy British Airways

1996
easyJet
1996
easyJet

Ryanair may have led the low-cost airline revolution, but it was the launch this year of easyJet that showed how an internet-only airline could really work.

Photography: Courtesy easyJet

1996
General Motors’ EV1
1996
General Motors’ EV1

The first glimmers of the all-electric future manifested itself in General Motors’ forward-thinking EV1. A fleet of around 1,000 cars was leased, not sold, and when they proved too expensive to run, GM had them all recalled and (mostly) crushed.

Photography: Matthew Richardson/Alamy Stock Photo

1996
Expedia
1996
Expedia

American company Expedia debuts as the original online travel company to launch and the internet’s first big travel brand adding speed to our travel options through bulk searching and booking.

Photography: Courtesy Expedia

1996
Nokia's 9000 Communicator
1996
Nokia's 9000 Communicator

Release of the Nokia 9000 Communicator, which combined a PDA with a digital cellular phone. The two devices were fixed together via a hinge in the first clamshell design.

1996
Parmigiani Fleurier
1996
Parmigiani Fleurier

Luxury watchmakers Parmigiani Fleurier was founded, now known for creating the Bugatti 370, a driving watch inspired by the Bugatti Veyron supercar. Michel Parmigiani, the most famous watch restorer in the Swiss industry, created his own brand.

Photography: Courtesy Parmigiani Fleurier

1997
Guggenheim Bilbao
1997
Guggenheim Bilbao

Architecture master Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao opens and the Bilbao effect begins. Soon every city will want one following the beauty of its abstract and innovative titanium architectural form.

Photography: Michael Bracey/Alamy Stock Photo

1997
Colette
1997
Colette

Colette opens in Paris. Spanning seven hundred sq m and three floors, the retail destination marks the birth of the concept store concept, where a shop is tailored towards a lifestyle theme without having separate departments.

Photography: Frederic Reglain/Gamma Rapho via Getty Images

1997
elBulli's third Michelin star
1997
elBulli's third Michelin star

Having first shifted to conceptual cuisine under Ferran Adrià in 1994, elBulli received its third Michelin star this year, and molecular cuisine was off and away.

Photography: Courtesy REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

1997
Fendi's Baguette bag
1997
Fendi's Baguette bag

Fendi launches its first Baguette bag. An instantly strong seller, it really takes off when Sex and the City airs the following year.

Photography: Courtesy Fendi

1997
Steve Jobs
1997
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs returns to Apple as interim CEO, having co-founded the company in 1976 and pioneered the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, before being forced out of the company in 1985 after a long power struggle.

Photography: Daniel Sheehan/Liaison

1997
‘Zettel’z 5’ chandelier
1997
‘Zettel’z 5’ chandelier

‘Zettel’z 5’ chandelier by German designer Ingo Maurer launches. Made of stainless steel and Japanese paper hung with paperclips, some of which are left empty and some of which feature love letters writte in different languages, DIY decoration was never so high-end.

Photography: Courtesy Ingo Maurer

1998
Citterio 98 cutlery
1998
Citterio 98 cutlery

Citterio 98 cutlery for Finnish brand Iittala launches. Designed by architect, furniture designer and industrial designer Antonio Citterio, the matte stainless steel collection brings utilitarian chic into every home.

Photography: Courtesy Citterio

1998
Odeur 53
1998
Odeur 53

Odeur 53 by Comme des Garçons starts a totally new concept in fragrance, taking 53 abstract smells created from chemically formulated ideas of inorganic materials like ‘laundry drying in the wind’.

Photography: Courtesy Comme des Garçons

1998
Petronas Towers
1998
Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers, designed by César Pelli, completes in Kuala Lumpur. It is the world’s tallest building at the time and will remain so until 2004, when Tapei101 is completed.

Photography: JTB MEDIA CREATION, Inc./Alamy Stock Photo

1998
'Vermelha' chair
1998
'Vermelha' chair

The 'Vermelha' chair is launched by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Edra. The Brazilian brothers show just what can happen when 500 metres of red rope finds its way into the right hands.

Photography: Courtesy Quittenbaum

1998
Donatella’s Atelier Versace collection
1998
Donatella’s Atelier Versace collection

Donatella’s first Atelier Versace collection wows on a see-through catwalk over the swimming pool at the Ritz Paris.

Photography: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

1998
Pierre Hermé
1998
Pierre Hermé

After having created the Maison Pierre Hermé Paris in 1997, Pierre Hermé opens his first boutique in Tokyo and the humble macaron gets a luxury makeover.

Photography: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo

1999
Ace Hotels
1999
Ace Hotels

Ace Hotels launches in Seattle, deconstructing the traditional urban hotel model by kickstarting a worldwide trend for unfussy, industrial-chic, hipster-friendly hotels.

Photography: Courtesy Ace Hotel

1999
Ford 021C
1999
Ford 021C

Revered industrial designer Marc Newson’s Ford 021C concept car, a 1950s-inspired saloon with suicide doors, is our cover star. Produced purely as a styling exercise and not intended for production, it was named after the Pantone orange colour. For the first time, a car is redefined as a piece of contemporary consumer technology.

Photography: Tommaso Sartori

1999
London Eye
1999
London Eye

Two London landmarks, The London Eye by Marks Barfield Architects, and the Millennium Dome by Richard Rogers, open in London.

Photography: Marks Barfield Architects/Marcus Robinson

1999
Muji's hi-fi system
1999
Muji's hi-fi system

Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa miniaturises the hi-fi with his wall-mounted CD player for Muji.

Photography: Courtesy Muji

1999
Nikon D1
1999
Nikon D1

Nikon D1, the first professional digital SLR, launches. It marks, says one wag, the end of the beginning of the digital age.

Photography: dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo

1999
'Low Pad' chair
1999
'Low Pad' chair

Famously claiming he was inspired by the padding of his girlfriend’s Prada loafers, Jasper Morrison launches the 'Low Pad' chair for Cappellini, now found in Tate Modern and office lobbies the world over.

 

2000
Chanel's J12
2000
Chanel's J12

Just when everyone thought the wristwatch was about to become obsolete, Chanel created a new language in fine watch design with the sporty, unisex ceramic J12. It sold massively and is now an icon of modern watchmaking.

Photography: Courtesy Chanel

2000
Milk & Honey
2000
Milk & Honey

Clandestine bar Milk & Honey opens on the Lower East Side of New York behind an unmarked door with an unlisted phone number. They revive the knowledge, expertise and ceremony that accompanied cocktail culture in years past, and the Craft Cocktail movement begins.

Photography: Doug Steley C/Alamy Stock Photo

2000
'Flap' sofa system
2000
'Flap' sofa system

Francesco Binfaré’s 'Flap' sofa system for Italian brand Edra, with its reclining elements and liberal use of lycra, astonishes.

2000
Net-a-Porter
2000
Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter launches in London with backing from private individuals including  Anya Hindmarch and Tamara Mellon (after the likes of Condé Nast pass). As Seen on Screen (soon to be renamed ASOS) debuts the same year.

2000
Tate Modern
2000
Tate Modern

Architectural triumph Tate Modern opens in the converted Bankside power station in London, to a design by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron

Courtesy Tate Photography

2000
TripAdvisor
2000
TripAdvisor

What began this year as a site for users to grumble about shoddy hotel rooms, has since become the biggest online brand of unbiased customer reviews, helping small businesses to grow, keeping the service market competitive and delivering a body blow to the traditional guidebook.

 

2001
Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta
2001
Tomas Maier for Bottega Veneta

Tomas Maier joins Bottega Veneta as creative director, quickly introducing a new era of stealth wealth by removing visible logos – as their famous 1970s slogan conveys, 'When your own initials are enough' – and highlighting the signature intrecciato woven leather.

Photography: Courtesy Bottega Veneta/Peter Lindbergh

2001
Eden Project
2001
Eden Project

The Eden Project, designed by Grimshaw Architects as a greenhouse of conjoining geometric plastic cells, opens in Cornwall, England.

Photography: Courtesy The Eden project

2001
iPod
2001
iPod

iPod launches with the now-quaint slogan ‘1,000 songs in your pocket’.

Photography: Chris Willson/Alamy Stock Photo

2001
Prada in NY
2001
Prada in NY

Prada opens the New York Prada Epicenter, designed by Rem Koolhaas, as a gallery, lab, skate park and sometime shop, marking the launch of the destination fashion emporium.

Photography: VIEW Pictures Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

2001
Skyscanner
2001
Skyscanner

Launching as the original flight-comparison website, Skyscanner is flexible, fair and the first of many.

Photography: Courtesy Skyscanner

2001
9/11
2001
9/11

The world is devistated by the destruction of the World Trade Center’s twin towers by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Photography: LatitudeStock/Alamy Stock Photo

2002
Aesop
2002
Aesop

The first Aesop store opens in St Kilda, Melbourne, marking the start of a magnitude of refined organic lifestyle showrooms.

Photography: Courtesy Aesop

2002
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin
2002
Alber Elbaz for Lanvin

The first Alber Elbaz collection for Lanvin in 2001 establishes his signature raw edge straight from the off.

Photography: WENN Ltd/Alamy Stock Photo

2002
Blur Building
2002
Blur Building

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Blur Building opens at the Swiss Expo. A practice known for art installations and small residential projects joins the big leagues.

Photography: Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

2002
Ferrari Enzo
2002
Ferrari Enzo

Today, every serious sports car manufacturer is in the business of bespoke cars, but Ferrari’s Enzo was one of the first, a road-going synthesis of Formula 1 technology and bold Pininfarina design, sold by invitation only.

Photography: Culture-images GmbH /Alamy Stock Photo

2002
The Paleo Diet
2002
The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is published. Written by Loren Cordain, it advocates stripping back nutritional intake to just that which our Paleolithic ancestors had, redesigning the meaning of food.

Photography: Marilyn Barbone/Alamy Stock Photo

2002
Smoke series project
2002
Smoke series project

Maarten Baas graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven with his Smoke series project, for which he charred furniture and treated the torched skeletons with epoxy resin, turning them into useable pieces of furniture.

Photography: Courtesy Studio Maarten Baas

2003
Concorde
2003
Concorde

Concorde takes its last commercial passenger flight after the type's only crash in 2000 and the 9/11 attacks.

2003
'Dear Ingo' pendant lamp
2003
'Dear Ingo' pendant lamp

The 'Dear Ingo' pendant lamp, designed by Ron Gilad for Moooi, launches. A tribute act and then some.

Photography: Courtesy Moooi

2003
LV candy colour monogram
2003
LV candy colour monogram

The height of designer counterfeiting: Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, known for coining the term superflat, creates a candy colour monogram for Louis Vuitton.

Photography: Courtesy Louis Vuitton

2003
Noma
2003
Noma

Noma opens and the New Nordic food manifesto is written, bringing us Scandi flavours and foraging habits.

Photography: Laura L.P./HdG Photography

2003
Vigilius
2003
Vigilius

Design hotel and mountain spa retreat, Vigilius, designed by Mattheo Thun, opens. It is built entirely out of renewable resources in an attempt to reflect its environment and inconspicuously nestle and merge into the surrounding landscape.

Photography: Courtesy Matteo Thun + Partners

2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall
2003
Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall, by Frank Gehry, opens in a still-resolutely-ungentrified downtown LA.

Photography: Anthony Arendt/Alamy Stock Photo

2004
Zaha Hadid's Pritzker Prize
2004
Zaha Hadid's Pritzker Prize

Zaha Hadid becomes the first woman to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize, awarded for "contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture".

Photography: Michal Sikorski/Alamy Stock Photo

2004
Norman Forster's big year
2004
Norman Forster's big year

It’s a big year for Lord Foster as the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) and the Millau Viaduct bridge in southern France, both open.

Photography: Courtesy Foster & Partners

2004
Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermes
2004
Jean-Claude Ellena for Hermes

Jean-Claude Ellena, the minimalist perfumer, is appointed in-house nose at Hermès, launching the iconic Terre d’Hermès two years later. The perfume as poem is born.

Photography: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images

2004
Momofuku Noodle Bar
2004
Momofuku Noodle Bar

There’s a steamed-bun revolution – David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar opens and becomes the late-night hang-out of NY’s best chefs.

2004
In Praise of Slowness
2004
In Praise of Slowness

Carl Honoré’s book In Praise of Slowness is published, uncovering a movement that challenges the cult of speed in favour of better quality of life.

Photography: MBP-one/Alamy Stock Photo

2004
Space tourism
2004
Space tourism

Virgin Galactic launches as a space flight company developing commercial spacecraft with the aim of imminently witnessing a maiden flight and transforming space tourism.

Photography: Courtesy Virgin Galactic

2005
Raf Simons for Prada
2005
Raf Simons for Prada

Raf Simons arrives at Prada-owned Jil Sander and moves into womenswear for the first time.

Photography: REUTERS/Alamy Stock Photo

2005
Santa Catarina food market
2005
Santa Catarina food market

Five years after he passes away, Spanish architect Enric Miralles’ reimagined Santa Catarina food market in Barcelona opens.

Photography: Hemis/Alamy Stock Photo

2005
Casa da Música
2005
Casa da Música

Casa da Música music hall by OMA in Porto, and the de Young Museum by Herzog & de Meuron in San Francisco, both open.

Photography: Stefano Politi Markovina/Alamy Stock Photo

2005
Philip Johnson
2005
Philip Johnson

The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), which will go on to be the architects behind 2 World Trade Center, is founded by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels; revered architect Philip Johnson, known for his modernist estate the Glass house, passes away.

2005
'Leaf' chair
2005
'Leaf' chair

Product design studio Lievore Altherr Molina’s 'Leaf' chair for Arper is an instant indoor/outdoor classic.

Photography: Courtesy of Arper/Lievore Altherr Molina​

2005
Google Maps
2005
Google Maps

Google Maps launches and old-fashioned map reading goes the way of the gramophone.

2006
'Horse' lamp
2006
'Horse' lamp

Swedish designer Front’s 'Horse' lamp for Moooi launches as design embarks on a mercifully short-lived zoomorphic moment.

Photography: Courtesy Moooi ​

2006
Musée du Quai Branly
2006
Musée du Quai Branly

Musée du Quai Branly, designed by Jean Nouvel, opens in Paris with a much-copied vertical garden by Patrick Blanc.

Photography: Idealink Photography/Alamy Stock Photo

2006
Bose’s QuietComfort
2006
Bose’s QuietComfort

Bose’s QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones bring military technology to the masses.

2006
Byredo
2006
Byredo

Byredo launches – an ex-basketball playing, Indian/Canadian/Swedish hipster, Ben Gorham, takes the niche perfumery world by storm.

2006
SoulCycle
2006
SoulCycle

SoulCycle opens in New York, and choreographed cycle classes become the biggest indoor exercise class trend of recent times.

Photography: Courtesy of Soulcycle​

2006
Reindeer by Bistrotheque
2006
Reindeer by Bistrotheque

Reindeer by Bistrotheque, a restaurant for Christmas, becomes the UK’s first guerrilla restaurant.

Photography: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

2007
Fiat 500
2007
Fiat 500

BMW’s new Mini of 2001 showed that retro design was good business, but it was Fiat that took it to another level. Overseen by designer Frank Stephenson, the 500 is now a mainstay of European city driving.

2007
Cire Trudon
2007
Cire Trudon

Cire Trudon is revamped by Ramdane Touhami, taking scented candles into the stratosphere.

2007
Netflix
2007
Netflix

The Netflix streaming service launches, encouraged at first by mainstream networks, which see it as a place to sell otherwise worthless old shows.

Photography: FocusMedia/Alamy Stock Photo​

2007
iPhone
2007
iPhone

iPhone launches with 4GB of memory and no 3G access.

Photography: Duncan Snow/Alamy Stock Photo​

2007
City bike-sharing
2007
City bike-sharing

City bike-sharing schemes kick off with successful launches in Barcelona and Paris.

Photography: Ted Pink/Alamy Stock Photo

2007
BMW Welt
2007
BMW Welt

BMW Welt exhibition centre, by Coop Himmelb(l)au, opens in Munich, and the New Museum by SANAA, known for transforming its fifth floor into a simulation of a space shuttle, opens in New York.

Photography: Courtesy BMW AG

2008
Bird’s Nest
2008
Bird’s Nest

OMA complete the CCTV HQ skyscraper in Beijing, while Herzog & de Meuron debuts the Bird’s Nest, or Beijing National Stadium, with help from Ai Weiwei.

Photography: Arcaid/UIG via Getty Images

2008
Tesla Roadster
2008
Tesla Roadster

The first Tesla Roadster is delivered to founder Elon Musk and the battery-powered electric vehicle loses its hair shirt.

Photography: Vince Bucci/Getty Images

2008
Airbnb
2008
Airbnb

Airbnb enters the short-term accommodation market and quickly has a huge impact on the hotel industry, forcing many traditional brands to rethink their business models.

Photography: Courtesy Airbnb

2008
'Stack'
2008
'Stack'

'Stack' drawer unit by Raw Edges for Established & Sons debuts at Milan design show Salone del Mobile, as the UK design brand hits its stride.

Photography: Courtesy Established & Sons

2008
world’s first in-flight shower
2008
world’s first in-flight shower

Emirates launches the ultimate freshen-up with the world’s first in-flight shower.

Photography: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images

2008
'Mobile' chandelier
2008
'Mobile' chandelier

Flos releases the 'Mobile' chandelier by Michael Anastassiades, and the Tab lamp by Barber Osgerby in a banner collection.

2009
Neues Museum
2009
Neues Museum

This year sees the opening of the Copenhagen Concert Hall by Jean Nouvel, the New Acropolis Museum by Bernard Tschumi, the Neues Museum by David Chipperfield in Berlin, and the Cooper Union by Thom Mayne in New York.

2009
Merci
2009
Merci

Merci, the constantly evolving concept store, opens on the edge of the Marais in Paris.

Photography: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic

2009
Bushy brow
2009
Bushy brow

The bushy brow takes firm hold with the signing of Cara Delevingne to Storm Models.

Photography: Charles Edwards/Alamy Stock Photo

2009
Crystal Candy collection
2009
Crystal Candy collection

The Crystal Candy collection of decorative pieces by Jaime Hayón brings crystal glassware manufacturer Baccarat bang up to date.

2009
Jil Sander for Uniqlo
2009
Jil Sander for Uniqlo

Jil Sander launches her first collection for Uniqlo, combining her clean-cut sartorial clarity and the contemporaneous quality of the uber-noughties Japanese brand.

2009
Slowcooker
2009
Slowcooker

The Slowcooker, by Margriet Foolen for Royal VKB, is an instant kitchen classic, embracing the latest trend in slow cooking.

2010
Burj Khalifa
2010
Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa opens in Dubai, still the tallest building in the world.

Photography: Urbanmyth/Alamy Stock Photo​

2010
Shanghai Expo
2010
Shanghai Expo

Shanghai Expo opens. Thomas Heatherwick’s spiky British Pavilion is the standout offering.

Photography: Courtesy Heatherwick Studio

2010
iPad
2010
iPad

Apple’s iPad launches. This is meant to save struggling newsprint titles. It doesn’t.

Photography: Adrian Lyon/Alamy Stock Photo​

2010
'001' lightbulb
2010
'001' lightbulb

The launch of the '001' lightbulb by Plumen and Samuel Wilkinson means there is finally an environmentally-sound, better-looking replacement for the humble filament.

Photography: Courtesy Plumen

2010
Uber
2010
Uber

Another platform driving the sharing economy, Uber’s arrival disrupts the traditional taxi industry in many major cities.

2010
Instagram
2010
Instagram

An important channel in the travel and design digital toolbox, Instagram makes creative directors of us all.

Photography: Courtesy Instagram

2011
'Beverly' chair
2011
'Beverly' chair

The 'Beverly' chair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia is launched.

Photography: Courtesy B&B Italia

2011
'annus mirabilis'
2011
'annus mirabilis'

Art galleries Turner Contemporary and Hepworth Wakefield open in an annus mirabilis for architect David Chipperfield.

Photography: Courtesy Simon Menges 

2011
9/11 memorial
2011
9/11 memorial

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opens in New York.

Photography: Stefano Politi Markovina/Alamy Stock Photo​

2011
Mr Porter
2011
Mr Porter

Mr Porter launches. Turns out men like shopping too.

Photography: Courtesy Mr Porter

2011
Tsutaya bookshop
2011
Tsutaya bookshop

Tsutaya, the world’s best bookshop, opens in Tokyo.

Photography: Courtesy Tsutaya Books 

2011
Cold brew coffee
2011
Cold brew coffee

Cold brew coffee is the new caffeine craze. A centuries-old brewing method, coffee grounds are steeped in room-temperature water for up to a day to produce a concentrated coffee essence which is then diluted and served chilled.

Photography: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

2012
Oscar Niemeyer
2012
Oscar Niemeyer

Oscar Niemeyer, the last of the great modernists, dies aged 104. He was known for going his own way with modernism, adding sensual curves to the strict lines and for his work on the United Nations headquarters in New York.

2012
Future Primitives collection
2012
Future Primitives collection

The Future Primitives collection is launched by Muller Van Severen and suddenly tubular steel and leather is everywhere.

Photography: Courtesy Muller Van Severen 

2012
Hedi Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent
2012
Hedi Slimane for Yves Saint Laurent

Hedi Slimane starts as creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, rebranding it as Saint Laurent Paris.

Photography: 360b/Alamy Stock Photo​

2012
House NA
2012
House NA

Sou Fujimoto’s House NA in Tokyo takes open-plan living to its natural limits.

Photography: Iwan Baan 

2012
Olympic torch
2012
Olympic torch

The Olympic torch by Barber Osgerby is the standout of a design-heavy London Olympics opening ceremony.

Photography: Courtesy Barber & Osgerby

2012
Big Jambox
2012
Big Jambox

Yves Béhar debuts the Big Jambox for Jawbone and the Bluetooth speaker enters the domestic vernacular.

2013
Living Office concept
2013
Living Office concept

The Living Office concept, design which reinvents the workspace for today's fluid, egalitarian, creative working life, is introduced by office furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, which also acquires textile giant Maharam this year.

Photography: Courtesy of Herman Miller

2013
The Shard
2013
The Shard

The Shard by Renzo Piano opens in London, and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam reopens after extensive renovations.

Photography: John Lawson/Contributor

2013
Pérez Art Museum
2013
Pérez Art Museum

The Pérez Art Museum, the vision of Cuban/American developer Jorge Pérez and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opens in Miami.

Photography: Daniel Azoulay ​

2013
BMW i3
2013
BMW i3

Electric cars come of age in BMW’s innovative i3. Not just a car, but a whole new manufacturing process, sub-brand and ethos, the i3 (and i8 sibling) have had a major impact on the way cars are made, sold and used.

Photography: Courtesy of BMW AG​

2013
'East River' chair
2013
'East River' chair

The 'East River' chair, designed by Hella Jongerius for Vitra, launches – it was originally created for the North Delegates Lounge at the UN in New York. An iconic designer for an iconic company and client make a perfect trifecta.

Photography: Courtesy of Vitra​

2013
Tati laundry bag
2013
Tati laundry bag

Céline reworks, of all things, the Tati laundry bag for the catwalk and formidable old ladies in cities all over the world take a collective bow.

Photography: Courtesy Celine

2014
M Crow
2014
M Crow

Tyler Hays launches M Crow, in New York – the ultimate expression of the new craft movement, emphasisng handcrafted hyperlocal production inspired by founder Tyler Hays fantasy to personally make every object in his life from scratch.

Photography: Courtesy Crow

2014
The High Line
2014
The High Line

The third section of the High Line, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, opens in New York, five years after the inaugural section (from Gansevoort to 20th Street) and three years after the second section (from 20th to 30th Streets).

Photography: vdbvsl/Alamy Stock Photo​

2014
Venice Biennale
2014
Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is curated by Rem Koolhaas, widely regarded as one of the most important architectural thinkers and urbanists.

2014
Fondation Louis Vuitton
2014
Fondation Louis Vuitton

Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton opens in Paris.

2014
HP Indigo’s Mosaic
2014
HP Indigo’s Mosaic

Every issue of Wallpaper this month contains a unique version of this poster, printed with HP Indigo’s Mosaic software, which was first introduced to the mass market in 2014 in Israel, when HP managed to produce more than two million bottles for Diet Coke, none of them the same.

Photography: Courtesy Coca-Cola ​

2014
Etihad Residence Suite
2014
Etihad Residence Suite

The Etihad Residence Suite, the world’s only three-room suite on a commercial jet, features a living room, bedroom and bathroom.

2015
'Starck V' tap
2015
'Starck V' tap

Philippe Starck’s revolutionary 'Starck V' tap for Axor brings the inside out with a transparent crystal glass body.

Photography: Uli Meier for Axor/Hansgrohe SE

2015
The Broad art museum
2015
The Broad art museum

The Broad art museum, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, opens in Los Angeles.

2015
Apple Watch & Hermes
2015
Apple Watch & Hermes

Apple Watch launches with our favourite straps by Hermès.

Photography: Anthony Cotsifas

2015
Ilse Crawford's IKEA collection
2015
Ilse Crawford's IKEA collection

Ilse Crawford designs an award-winning collection for IKEA.

Photography: Courtesy IKEA

2015
New Whitney Museum
2015
New Whitney Museum

The New Whitney Museum, by Renzo Piano, opens in New York.

Photography: Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro

2015
Prada Foundation
2015
Prada Foundation

The Prada Foundation, by OMA, opens in Milan in a converted 100-year-old distillery, featuring a 'haunted house' clad in 24-carat gold leaf and a cinema camouflaged by mirrors.

Photography: Courtesy Prada

2016
The 13 Hotel
2016
The 13 Hotel

The 13, the world’s most expensive hotel is announced. Located in Macau, it will cost some $1.4 billion to bring to life.

Photography: Courtesy 13 Hotel

2016
Zaha Hadid
2016
Zaha Hadid

The great dame of architecture Zaha Hadid – the first woman to receive the RIBA Gold Medal and one-time editor of Wallpaper – and Claude Parent – the provocative architect who built the church of Sainte-Bernadette du Banlay in Nevers – both die.

Photography: Credit: JOCHEN LUEBKE/AFP/Getty Images

2016
Tate Modern extension
2016
Tate Modern extension

London gets a new Tate Modern extension by Herzog & de Meuron and a new Design Museum by John Pawson.

Photography: Tate Photography

2016
Raf Simons for Calvin Klein
2016
Raf Simons for Calvin Klein

Raf Simons starts as chief creative officer at Calvin Klein.

Photography: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harvey Nichols

2016
B&B Italia celebrates its 50 years
2016
B&B Italia celebrates its 50 years

Italian modern contemporary furniture company B&B Italia celebrates its 50th anniversary with a book and a film.

Photography: B&B Italia

2016
Washington transforms
2016
Washington transforms

In Washington, the Watergate Hotel, designed by Ron Arad, opens in part of the same complex as the infamous Watergate Building, while David Adjaye’s National Museum of African American History opens on the National Mall.

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