These true originals have made their mark in our homes, on the road, in our offices, and on our skylines
Some designs are smart. Some designs are beautiful. Some designs are instantly ingrained in our lives. It’s the rare design that combines all three qualities. Some date back to the late 1800s; others just came on the scene in the past few years. But no matter how long they’ve been around, these buildings, objects, and other designs have had a massive impact on the daily lives of people around the world.
These products and projects demonstrate ingenuity as well as an eye for beauty and function. Some are the first of their kind, while others took existing concepts and made them better and more accessible to the masses. They’ve fought off competitors and knockoffs and have come to define our built environment. From designs created by household names such as Jony Ive, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, and James Dyson to products whose creators remained in the background, these items make life easier, solve problems, and push the boundaries of what we believe to be possible in the fields of architecture, technology, and industrial and graphic design. And most important, they show how one idea has the potential to permanently change the way we live in the world.
A true original doesn’t come along every day. But once it arrives, it’s hard to imagine going back to a life without it.
Launched in 2007, the iPhone not only changed the cell phone industry, it also changed the way we take photos, drive our cars, and meet potential mates. The groundbreaking design put a computer in every pocket and started an entire industry of app developers. The iPhone has gotten better—and sometimes bigger—with each new iteration, adding features including facial recognition, augmented reality, and an HDR camera. The iconic, much-imitated design is the brainchild of Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, who has led the company’s design team since 1996.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
Karl Elsener’s Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife, better known as the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife, was introduced in 1897. The multi-tool design became popular in the U.S. after World War II, when soldiers brought them home from abroad, and in 1968, the popular red object was added to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. NASA first purchased 50 of the knives in 1978 and they’ve been a staple of space missions ever since. Today, the designs balance the original functionality with new technology such as LED lights, altimeters, and timers, and are just as handy as they were over 120 years ago.
Read on >>>> Source: Architectural Digest The 25 Designs That Shape Our World