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The 40 Most Inspiring Design Moments of 2017

Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement, a digital interactive installation in “NGV Triennial” at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Photography courtesy of TeamLab, Ikkan Art Gallery, Martin Browne Contemporary, and Pace Gallery.

Jessie and Katey. Part of Harvard University’s Zone 3 initiative in Allston, Massachusetts, the site-specific installation Allumination in acrylic paint with recycled cans, bottle caps, and plastic bags. Photography by Jeremy Fraga.

Ettore Sottsass. Limited-editions from Toso Vetri d’Arte, a glass bowl and vase similar to pieces in “Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical” at the Met Breuer in New York. Photography by Santi Caleca.

Joseph Walsh. A scale model for a permanent installation, Magnus Modus, at Dublin's National Gallery of Ireland. Photography by Andrew Bradley.

Sara Favriau. Ou, Prologue Pour une Chimère in wooden battens at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire in France. Photography by Éric Sander.

Porky Hefer. South African raffia and woven can ever a steel frame for Caterpillar at R & Company, New York. Photography by Rudi Geyser.

Paula Cánovas and NikeLab. An experimental polyester garment paired with VaporMax sneakers for “Vision-Airs: Experiments in Style,” part of the Nike Air Max’s 30th anniversary. Photography courtesy of Nike.

ES Devlin. At Oscar Niemeyer’s Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the Louis Vuitton resort 2017 show. Photography courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

ES Devlin. At Oscar Niemeyer’s Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, the Louis Vuitton resort 2017 show. Photography courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Ministry of Design and Poole Associates Private Limited. Metal ladders and privacy curtains for bunks at the Singapore hostel Coo. Photography by Edward Hendricks.

Alexander Calder. From “Calder: Hypermobility” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Arches in painted sheet metal. Photography courtesy of the Calder Foundation and the Artists Rights Society (ARS), both New York.

Hassan Hajjaj. Photographs from “My Maroc Stars” at the Atelier 21 in Casablanca, Morocco. Photography courtesy of Hassan Hajjaj and the Atelier 21.

ODA New York and If Studio/. Featured in Archigraphia Redux by Richard Poulin of Poulin + Morris, a restaurant in New York. Photography courtesy of Poulin + Morris and Graphis.

Studio Gum. Domenico Pellegrino’s 13-foot-tall resin flamingo at the Asmundo di Gisira hotel in Catania, Italy. Photography by Filippo Bamberghi/Photofoyer.

Turiya Magadlela. From “Wabona Lapho Isifebe, Wangena Kuso” at Cape Town’s Blank Projects, Yethi Maria II in nylon and cotton panty hose on canvas. Photography courtesy of Turiya Magadlela and Blank Projects.

Emmanuelle Moureaux Architecture + Design. The paper Forest of Numbers at Tokyo’s National Art Center. Photography by Daisuke Shima.

Ugo Rondinone. Vocabulary of Solitude, presented in “Good Evening Beautiful Blue” at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Photography by Zachary Balber/Ugo Rondinone and the Bass Museum of Art.

Entro Communications. From Archigraphia Redux, a University of Toronto aquatics center’s painted mural. Photography courtesy of Poulin + Morris and Graphis.

Taller Aragonés. Mar Adentro hotel and residences in San José del Cabo, Mexico. Photography by Joe Fletcher.

Tom Sachs. The Cabinet in “Objects of Devotion” at Sperone Westwater in New York. Photography by Genevieve Hanson.

Liz Glynn. The mixed-media Broken Graph (The End?) from “Liz Glynn: The Archaeology of Another Possible Future” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. Photography courtesy of Liz Glynn and the Paula Cooper Gallery.

Barbara Kasten. Progression Five, a Fujiflex digital print on fluorescent acrylic from “Parti Pris” at Bortolami, New York. Photography courtesy of Barbara Kasten and Bortolami, New York.

Muti Randolph. At the New York boutique Galeria Melissa, painted wooden pedestals, mirror, and LEDs. Photography by Alex Fradkin.

Ernesto Neto. We Are Between Heaven and Earth in cotton crochet, rose quartz, wood, and iron in“The Sacred Is Love” at Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel in São Paulo, Brazil. Photography by Eduardo Ortega/Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel.

Honda Syoryu. Chain Reaction in bamboo at Tai Modern in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Photography by Gary Mankus Photography.

Lauren Ko. Pies by the Seattle baker @lokokitchen on Instagram. Photography courtesy of Lauren Ko.

Stefan Beckman Studio and Lambesis Agency and Eins:33. Gaggenau Restaurant 1683 pop-up in New York. Photography by Noe DeWitt.

Richard Woods. Holiday Home, commissioned by the U.K.'s Creative Foundation for the Folkestone Triennial. Photography by Thierry Bol.

Geneviève Claisse. Unités from an exhibition at the London gallery Connaught Brown. Photography courtesy of Connaught Brown, London.

Tony Cragg. Part of “Frieze Sculpture 2017” in London, Stroke in bronze. Photography by Stephen White/Holtermann Fine Art.

CannonDesign. A lounge at CJ Co. in Suwan, South Korea. Photography by Christopher Barrett.

Michelle Maguire and Kelsey McClellan. Wardrobe Snacks photograph on the theme of “diners lacking the luxury of being seated at a table.” Photography by Kelsey McClellan.

Bean Buro Limited. At Kerry Logistics Network Limited in Hong Kong, The Flock’s powder-coated aluminum mesh columns encasing LEDs. Photography courtesy of Bean Buro Limited.

Aurèlia Muñoz. Sisal macrame from “Entes y Otras Criaturas” at Machado-Muñoz, Madrid. Photography by Gonzalo Machado.

Faye Toogood. Prototype for Roly-Poly from her Earth series in “Faye Toogood: Assemblage 5” at Friedman Benda, New York. Photography by Angus Mill.

Alexander Gorlin Architects. A low-income supportive housing project in the Bronx, New York. Photography by Michael Moran/Otto.

Thomas Bayrle. The cardboard and plastic $ from “If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer” at Vienna’s Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst/Gegenwartskunst.

Bruce Nauman. Included in “Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950-1980” at the Met Breuer, New York, the wall sculpture Human Nature/Life Death in neon and glass. Photography courtesy of the Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Art Resource.

Sarah Cain. Now I’m Going To Tell You Everything, a mixed-media outdoor installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Photography by Jeff McLane.

Numen/For Use. Stage design for Erde, performed by the Staatsballett Berlin at the Komische Oper Berlin. Photography by Tilen Sepic.

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