I.D. Forty: Living Legends

…..Eva Zeisel, (98)
Last year, the Hungarian-born ceramicist finally got around to publishing her first book. With scores of designs in development or production, how did she find the time?

….. Jane Jacobs, (88)
Forty-four years after The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the urban planning activist still refuses to settle down. Her latest book is Dark Age Ahead

….. Ettore Sottsass, Jr., (87)
At age 64, when most people are preparing to retire, he founded Memphis. Lately, he’s been making a show of discernment with “Cartier Design Viewed by Ettore Sottsass,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, through March 27

….. Ada Louise Huxtable, (83)
In 1963, she became the first architecture critic at The New York Times and won the first Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism. Several years ago, she took over the same beat at The Wall Street Journal

….. Andree Putman, (79)
The grande dame did the interiors of Air France’s Concorde and Ian Schrager’s first boutique hotel, but those were so 20th century. Last seen, she was designing spaces in Paris and Tel Aviv

….. Niels Diffrient, (76)
When he began his career, few had heard of ergonomics. Now, the pioneering industrial designer is elbow-deep in form-fitting work, like his new Liberty chair for Humanscale

….. Milton Glaser, (75)
The creator of “I (heart) NY” keeps the love flowing. And in October, he got it right back when he received the Cooper-Hewitt’s National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement

….. Sir Terence Conran, (73)
As a London retailer in the 1960s, he brought together the words design and lifestyle. Nowadays, he oversees an empire of shops, restaurants, and an architecture firm

….. Richard Sapper, (72)
His 1972 Tizio lamp for Artemide ruled the joint and he designed the cream of espresso makers for Alessi. Now he consults for IBM

….. Ingo Maurer, (72)
He first designed a giant light bulb in 1966. Four decades—and countless scraps, shards, and feathers—later, the lighting virtuoso remains a dazzler.

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