In memoriam: celebrating the lives and work of those we lost in 2022

We honour and remember some of the influential creatives lost during 2022, through the Wallpaper* tributes that ran throughout the year

In memoriam in white type on black background
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As we begin to look back on 2022, we pause to remember some of the most inspirational leading creatives we have sadly lost during the year and, through the tributes below, to celebrate their work and enduring influence.


Ricardo Bofill, architect (1939 – 2022)

archive black and white portrait of architect Ricardo Bofill in his office

Archival portrait of Ricardo Bofill in his office

(Image credit: Roger Viollet, Getty Images)

Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill passed away this year at the age of 82. Perhaps the country’s most acclaimed and best-known contemporary architect, Bofill’s long career saw him carve a distinctive personal path through the built environment, incorporating rich colours and abstract forms.


Carmen Herrera, artist (1915 – 2022)

Carmen Herrera in her Studio, 2015

Carmen Herrera in her Studio, 2015

(Image credit: Jason Schmidt )

Cuba-born American artist Carmen Herrera passed away peacefully in her sleep in February, aged 106. Her life's work saw her pioneer 20th-century abstract painting, becoming an active member of the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles and exhibiting alongside Max Bill and Piet Mondrian, among other key figures.


Dan Graham, artist and writer (1942 – 2022)

Two-way mirror

Dan Graham Groovy Spiral, 2013, two-way mirror, stainless steel

(Image credit: ©️ Dan Graham, Courtesy Lisson Gallery)

Pioneering American visual artist, writer and curator Dan Graham died in New York City aged 79. Through cognitive and visual experiences, his art occupied an in-between, fluid and hybrid space, cloaking complex theories in a veil of simplicity. Considered one of the pioneers of conceptual art (though a term he recently disavowed) he broke rules, re-wrote conventions and imagined an art beyond the white-walled, cubic confines of the gallery.


Russell Bell, illustrator (1958 – 2022)

Russell Bell (1958 – 2022), an appreciation

A 2005 Wallpaper* cover, designed by Russell Bell

(Image credit: illustrations by Russell Bell)

Few illustrators can claim to have had as much impact on the aesthetic of Wallpaper* as Russell Bell, who died at the end of March 2022, after a short battle with cancer. Bell’s purist, clean-lined approach lent authority to every subject he tackled, from architecture to future technology.


André Dubreuil, designer (1951 – 2022)

Black spined chair with cream seat pad

André Dubreuil's ‘Ram’ chair, 1986

(Image credit: Photography by Daniel Kukla, courtesy of Friedman Benda)

Dubbed poète du fer (poet of iron) by biographer Jean-Louis Gaillemin, André Dubreuil created highly inventive furniture pieces, both fantastical and classical – bold adventures in metallurgy and glass, referencing Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the silhouettes of André-Charles Boulle and more. 

Marcus Fairs, journalist (1967 – 2022)

Marcus Fairs

Marcus Fairs, photographed by Wallpaper* China editor Yoko Choy in 2005

(Image credit: Yoko Choy)

Marcus Fairs passing at the age of 54 was a shock to the design community this year. As editor of Icon, and then CEO and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, Fairs nurtured a reputation for fearsome energy, an incredible eye for editorial talent, and an unwavering belief in the cultural importance of design and architecture. 


Issey Miyake, fashion pioneer (1938 – 2022)

Portrait of Issey Miyake

Portrait of Issey Miyake

(Image credit: Brigitte Lacombe)

Issey Miyake, designer and founder of the Miyake Design Studio and the Issey Miyake Group, passed away aged 84. Miyake’s work was defined by a dynamic approach to design, which combined boundary-pushing technical innovation with a deft use of colour and silhouette. Miyake was fascinated at once by the richness and pragmatism of Japanese craft, Western youth culture, and the flair of European couture.


William Klein, fashion and street photographer and cinematographer (1928 – 2022)

William Klein wearing a Lonsdale grey jumper standing in his home in front of a bookshelf

William Klein photographed at his Paris home for Wallpaper’s June 2017 issue

(Image credit: Vincent Fournier)

William Klein, the American-French artist responsible for transforming the worlds of fashion photography, street photography and cinema verité, died in Paris aged 96 this year. ‘I came from the outside,’ Klein once said.


Pierre Soulages, artist (1919 – 2022)

Portrait of Pierre Soulages

Portrait of Pierre Soulages

(Image credit: © Vincent Cunillère)

Known for a sensational ability to subtly depict the unseen, Pierre Soulages has gained worldwide recognition as a key figure in both abstract expressionism and art informel. By turning black into an incandescent colour, the artist put the spotlight on the origins of humanity in its darkness and light.


Fernando Campana, architect and designer (1961 – 2022)

Fernando Campana

(Image credit: Getty)

Fernando Campana passed away in November, aged 61. He was one half of Estudio Campana, which he founded with his brother Humberto in 1984 in Brotas, outside São Paulo. Together, the brothers combined their disruptive design practice with an innovative look at Brazilian culture and craft traditions, and an approach that merged furniture-making with social outreach.


George Lois, graphic designer (1931 – 2022)

George Lois, trying out the Apple Watch Hermès, surrounded by his design collection in his New York apartment.

George Lois, trying out the Apple Watch Hermès, surrounded by his design collection in his New York apartment, photographed for Wallpaper’s February 2016 issue

(Image credit: Jason Schmidt)

George Lois passed away aged 91, two months after the death of his wife, Rosemary, an artist whom he met on the first day they attended Pratt Institute in September 1949, and to whom he was dearly devoted. They were together for 71 years. Throughout his 60-year career, he was behind numerous advertising and creative agencies, wrote books about art direction and advertising, and even collaborated with start-up brands in his later years. 


Ashley Bickerton, artist (1959 – 2022)

Ashley Bickerton in his studio in Bali, surrounded by sculptures and paintings

Ashley Bickerton in his studio in Bali in 2017, surrounded by sculptures and paintings

(Image credit: Stephen Kent Johnson)

Bali-based Bickerton’s work grew to prominence in the 1980s, and he is widely named as a contributor to the Neo-Geo movement, which commented on social isolation and critiqued consumerism, commercialisation, and society in the late-1900s. 


Pierluigi Cerri, architect, designer, curator, editor and academic (1939 – 2022)

Pierluigi Cerri portrait

An archival portrait of Pierluigi Cerri

(Image credit: press)

Pierluigi Cerri passed away on Tuesday 29 November at age 83. The Italian architect, designer, curator, editor, academic and three-time Compasso d’Oro laureate was a polymath and a visionary: his work spanned from design to fashion, from exhibition curation to architecture, leaving an everlasting mark on the contemporary creative industries.


Martha Elliott is the Junior Digital News Editor at Wallpaper*. After graduating from university she worked in arts-based behavioural therapy, then embarked on a career in journalism, joining Wallpaper* at the start of 2022. She reports on art, design and architecture, as well as covering regular news stories across all channels.