History Repeats Itself

Best of 2012

As we move into a new year, it's a great time to think back not only on the last year but also on all those years and decades and centuries that preceded it. A huge part of how we think about and use our homes comes from the past, so here's a compendium of some of our favorite history-related posts from 2012, selected to commemorate the designers we love, the time periods that inspire us, and some of the legacies that we probably take for granted.Objects and Icons:The Story of the Squiggle LogoHistory of Headphones: 1919-2012The Story of Keep Calm & Carry OnThe Rise of Sophie the GiraffeAn Animated History of LEGODo You Remember the "Tangle"?Quick Piecing: A Short History of QuiltingProduct Nostalgia: An Ode to the (Discontinued!) Sony Dream Machine

Styles and Periods:
Design Dictionary: Arts & Crafts
Design Dictionary: Art Nouveau
Design Dictionary: Rococo
Design Dictionary: Toile
Downton Abbey, Yankee Style: New England's Historic Homes & Gardens
War of the Roses: The French vs. English Garden
A-Z Design History Lessons
Singapore's Black & White: A Brief History
Fashion Meets Decor: 60s Mod + Contemporary Decor

Particular Spaces and Places:
1939 to 2012: A Home Loved through the Decades
Doors of Maine: An Archival History
Memory Lane: Living Rooms (and Video Games) by the Decade
The Original Budget Makeover: Jackie Kennedy's White House
A Walking History Lesson: Downtown Los Angeles
Finn Juhl's Original Handmade Home

Designers and Classic Design Pieces:
Julia Morgan: Spotlight on Women in Design
Dorothy Draper: Style Icon
Paul McCobb: Designer Dossier
Modern Classics: Hans Wegner's Folding Chair
Modern Classics: The Wassily Chair
Modern Classics: The Eames LTR

Quick History:
Quick History: IKEA
Quick History: Pantone
Quick History: Window Glass
Quick History: Roman Villas and the History of the Romanticized Rustic Life
Fork This: A Quick History of Forks

Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2012 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

(Image: 1939 to 2012: A Home Loved through the Decades)

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Carolyn is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a lover of all things colorful and quirky. She grew up in Texas and settled in Chicago by way of L.A., England and Paris. Currently, she is a professor at Illinois Institute of Technology.