A Tale of Two Sputnik Chandeliers
This pair of iconic 20th-century light fixtures with the same name have two very different backgrounds.
The 16 Most Popular Mid-Century Modern Chairs
You know the designs, now get the stories about to how they came to be.
The Ball Chair, Eero Aarnio’s Space Age Masterpiece, Was Almost Never Made
Now considered emblematic of 1960s mod aesthetics, the Finnish designer's famous creation was far from an overnight success.
Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair Shook Modernism and Charmed Hollywood
The enduring appeal of the Barcelona chair is in the details.
Photographer to Know: David Bailey
British portraitist David Bailey gets up close to his celebrity subjects.
Decorator to Know: Jean-Michel Frank
The French designer rose from tragic beginnings to later become one of the most legendary decorators of the prewar era.
Photographer to Know: Berenice Abbott
One of the 20th century's most important female photographers is finally being recognized as a daring and seminal artist.
Pietro Russo Invites Us into His Milan Home and Studio
Personal and professional life blend together in the Italian designer's abode.
Decorator to Know: Henri Samuel
The French decorator, celebrated talent among his top-tier clients, was known for his eye for color and ability to compose unexpected interiors.
Jean-François Rauzier Creates Alternate Realities with His “Hyperphotos”
The French photographer digitally stitches together vast quantities of images to create dream-like tapestries featuring the built environment.
Photographer to Know: Elliott Erwitt
Playful photography is serious business for this Magnum master of "snaps."
6 Architectural Masterpieces That You Can Rent for a Vacation
Want to sleep in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright or Peter Zumthor? The website Plans Matter lets you reserve vacation homes that you'd normally only read about in architecture books.
12 Jewelers Who Use the Tagua Nut as an Ethical Ivory Substitute
These jewelry designers were challenged by Vogue Italia to craft pieces from the ivory palm nut, and the results are incredible.
Why Amulet Jewelry Has Been Spellbinding Us for Millennia
Amulet jewelry was among mankind's first fashion accessories, used since prehistoric times to strengthen and protect the wearer. Its allure remains strong to this day.
Ellen von Unwerth’s Sexy Photos Redefine the Female Gaze
Celebrities and supermodels have been posing for this German lenswoman since the 1980s. But she is only now finding real respect.
Photographer to Know: Simon Watson
The Irish lensman is known for capturing empty spaces that have real presence.
Photographer to Know: Douglas Kirkland
After photographing everyone from Coco Chanel to Angelina Jolie, the 83-year-old Kirkland is still snapping portraits of Hollywood A-listers.
Photographer to Know: Horst P. Horst
The Vogue lensman excelled at capturing stylish people and timeless interiors.
Designers to Know: Eileen Gray
The visionary Irish modernist is finally being recognized as one of the 20th century's most influential creators.
Experience the Splendor of Venice with Francesca Bortolotto Possati
The Italian hotelier and interior designer takes us on a tour of the chicest suites, villas and palazzos in her majestic hometown.
Decorators to Know: Mark Hampton
The legendary designer rose from humble beginnings to create lavish spaces for high-society New Yorkers before decorating the White House for George H.W. Bush.
Get Nostalgic for Christmas in the Booming Mid-Century Years
The holiday season was a time for glitz and consumption in mid-20th-century America.
Decorators to Know: Alberto Pinto
The Moroccan-Argentine designer made Oriental interiors a global fad.
Decorators to Know: David Hicks
The British designer was as daring as he was debonair, deploying a brazen mix of colors and patterns that came to define the groovy-glamorous interiors of the Swinging Sixties.
Decorators to Know: Angelo Donghia
The ambitious designer was favorite among celebrities in the 1970s and '80s, and he created everything from private homes to corporate interiors to sheets. Learn more about the man who reached the pinnacle of his profession before his life was tragically cut short.