100th Post: Designers' Choice, Time Magazine 1959

In honor of our 100th post on The Aesthetic Omnivore, we wanted to take a stroll down "Memory Lane" and look at some classically celebrated designs of the past 100 (or so) years.

After some research, we found an article from Time Magazine (January, 1959) which polled the top 100 designers, architects, and design department heads of manufacturing firms and universities from around the world and had them compile a list of  their "100 best-designed products of modern times".

Here's a look at what eventually made their top-ten:


Olivetti Lettera 22 typewriter, designed by Marcello Nizzoli in 1948


Charles Eames' plywood and steel side chair, designed in 1944


Ludwig Mies van de Rohe's 1929 Barcelona Chair


Studebaker's 1953 hard-top coupe, designed by Raymond Loewy


The Parker "51" fountain pen, designed by Marlin Baker and Kenneth Parker, 1932


Lincoln Continental (1939-1941), designed by Edsel Ford and staff


Edison Voicewriter - VP model, designed by Carl Otto in 1950



Frigidaire's "Sheer Look" 1957 appliances, designed by Leroy Keifer and GM staff


Hallicrafters radio, designed by Raymond Loewy in 1946


Bell Systems 500 telephone, designed by Henry Dreyfuss in 1951

I think it's time again for another poll like this.  I'd love to take a visual look at what the top 100 designers of today consider to be the best designs of our time.  I have an idea that some of the icons above would make the "top-ten" list once again.

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