Personal pet peeve: when someone gives my parents or grandparents a high tech gift, but then doesn't install said item or teach them how to use it. Over the years, I've seen Harmony remotes, digital picture frames and smartphones all go unused for years after being gifted. And that's the short list.
What makes a design iconic? Using the criteria that design icons must be innovative, stylish, functional and instantly recognizable, we chose great designs and pitted them against each other, tournament-style. The Apartment Therapy team voted on the early rounds, and it looks like we made some controversial choices!