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 Logo
History of Headphones: 1919-2012
The Story of Keep Calm & Carry On
The Rise of Sophie the Giraffe
An Animated History of LEGO
Do You Remember the "Tangle"?
Quick Piecing: A Short History of Quilting
Product 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.

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