100 years of design.
September 12, 2003 8:37 PM   Subscribe

100 years of design.
posted by crunchland (6 comments total)
Great link. Amazing how quality design withstands the test of time. Some of the car links are wonderful- I loved this beauty.

Wonder how many of these more recent Designs of a Decade from the IDSA will hold up over time?
posted by madamjujujive at 12:25 AM on September 13, 2003

In 1947, Nathan Horwitt designed a wristwatch with a plain black face without numerals and a white disk marking the 12 o-clock position. The following year, his design was produced, without credit or compensation, by Zenith Movado. It was a prime example of design piracy, and Horwitt sued, but justice would take 27 years. In the meantime, the design was placed in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, and become known as "The Museum Watch.". In 1975, Movado finally settled with Horwitt for $29,000 and after Horwitt’s death, Movado heavily promoted Horwitt and his classic "Museum Watch."

After 27 years he settled for $29,000? Unbelievable.
posted by milnak at 1:15 AM on September 13, 2003

Test of time indeed. I've got quite a few recognizable descendents of these designs in my house.
posted by arto at 2:45 AM on September 13, 2003

Good stuff. There's also an interesting page o' designer bios that's not readily apparent at first glance.
posted by MrBaliHai at 3:38 AM on September 13, 2003

As long as people have hindquarters, juju, I predict we'll be seeing the Aeron chair and variations of it. I suspect that technology will either shrink or do away with the need for satellite dishes, though.

Among my surprises with the list, I was surprised to see that bentwood bistro chair was designed in the 1850's. It seems, somehow, more modern to me.
posted by crunchland at 7:25 AM on September 13, 2003

Crunch, I was surprised about the bentwood chair's age too! Also the goose neck lamp in 1928 - I'd have pegged that as much later - maybe the 1960s.
posted by madamjujujive at 12:49 PM on September 13, 2003

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