In memoriam: celebrating the lives of those people we missing in 2021

In memoriam: celebrating the lives of those people we missing in 2021

Any review of 2021 should acknowledge the array of talents from throughout the artistic spectrum that we have regrettably missing through the year. Here, we remember just some of the inspirational artistic figures – from fields including architecture, structure, artwork, vogue, jewelry, and extra – whose decline we mourn but whose enduring perform and lasting legacy we carry on to cherish and celebrate.

In memoriam

Virgil Abloh, resourceful polymath (1980 – 2021)

Virgil Abloh on the Pont Neuf in Paris in 2019, with ‘Color Gradient Chair’ (2018). Photographed for Wallpaper* by Marvin Leuvrey 

A boundary-breaking figure, Virgil Abloh transcended a host of creative fields, spanning trend, art, structure and audio. Appointed men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton in 2018, he was a single of the couple Black designers to guide a luxurious French style residence. 

Elsa Peretti, jewelry designer (1940 – 2021)

Italian jewelry designer Elsa Peretti poses for a photograph shoot in 1975 at her residence in New York. Photograph by Michael Tighe/Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

In 1974, Elsa Peretti commenced her tenure at Tiffany & Co, a partnership which endured for the rest of her existence. Her statement parts rapidly grew to become legendary silhouettes in jewelry style and design, and keep on to be bestsellers today.

Trevor Dannatt, architect (1920 – 2021)

Trevor Dannatt. Images: Rob Petherick. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts, London

The types of British architect Trevor Dannatt OBE RA wove humble, classic products and modernist strategies. For Wallpaper’s May possibly 2012 issue (W*158), his son, art critic Adrian Dannatt, gave an account of 1 of the architect’s new initiatives at the time, a personal house in Petersfield. Pursuing Trevor Dannatt’s passing in February 2021, we republished the report in tribute.

Pauline Deltour, designer (1983 – 2021)

French designer Pauline Deltour was a substantially liked determine, with a sublime sensitivity for colour and condition her will work spanned furnishings layout, objects created with artisans, transportation and technological innovation-oriented tasks as effectively as jewellery.

Richard Rogers, architect (1933 – 2021)

Richard Rogers, photographed for Wallpaper’s July 2013 situation (W*172) in his house in Chelsea, London, a gentle and airy place he developed in the 1980s by knocking collectively two terraced houses. Photography: Tim Gutt

We celebrate the existence and career of Richard Rogers, one particular of the most influential architects of our era and winner of the 2007 Pritzker Prize.

Lawrence Weiner, conceptual artwork pioneer (1942 – 2021)

Portrait of artist Lawrence Weiner in January 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Moved Pics Archive Photograph Maria Sprowls

Lawrence Weiner was present at the delivery of conceptualism in the late 1960s. Shaking up conventions, he probed the essence of what artwork must stand for, what purpose the artist should suppose, and how they must relate to the viewer.

Alber Elbaz, manner designer (1961 – 2021)

Alber Elbaz, shot via Zoom by New York street photographer Bruce Gilden on 22 February 2021, for the May well 2021 Situation of Wallpaper*

The Israeli trend designer, who launched label AZ Factory in 2021, is most renowned for his creative directorship at Lanvin, from 2001 to 2015, where he rejuvenated the residence with his imaginative types, brimming with color, print and quantity.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, landscape architect (1921 – 2021)

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander photographed for Wallpaper* in 2018, sitting on a Harry Bertoia ‘Diamond’ chair in her Vancouver house. Images: Yoshihiro Makino

The job of Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the critically acclaimed Canadian landscape architect, was crammed with impressive highlights. ‘My passion is to be with nature and introduce men and women to it from all degrees of culture,’ she instructed Wallpaper* in a 2018 job interview. ‘I consider in the therapeutic consequences of greenery on the human soul.’ 

Ken Garland, designer, educator, writer and activist (1929 – 2021)

Ken Garland: Framework and Material, revealed by Device Editions

1 of the most pre-eminent British put up-war designers, Ken Garland experienced a long and distinguished job as a commercial designer but was also passionate about ethics, specially the use and abuse of imagery for advertising functions. 

Robert Opron, auto designer and engineer (1932 – 2021)

1973 Citroën DS21, one particular of the final examples to be created

Maybe extra than any other designer, Robert Opron’s function arrived to embody the attributes of idiosyncrasy and individuality in French automobile structure, encouraging established the output of the country’s factories at odds with conference. Our posting celebrates his genius.

Etel Adnan, writer and artist (1925 – 2021)

The American-Lebanese artist and writer at dwelling in her studio workshop on 8 April 2015 in Paris, France. Image by Catherine Panchout / Sygma by way of Getty Visuals

Etel Adnan was an acclaimed writer, trailblazing artist and pioneer in Arab-American society. Her prolific, huge-ranging and ever-evolving exercise ongoing throughout the ultimate ten years of her lifestyle, and for Wallpaper’s October 2021 25th Anniversary issue, she was picked by Michèle Lamy as 1 of her 5 resourceful pioneers. 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, architect (1928 – 2021)

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, photographed in 2010 for Wallpaper*. Photography: Carol Sachs

Paulo Mendes da Rocha was just one of the world’s final good modernists, as very well as one particular of Brazil’s most important architects to day.

Zeev Aram, founder of Aram Layouts (1931 – 2021)

Zeev Aram, founder and chairman of Aram Models. Pictures: Ivan Jones

Our post remembers and celebrates Zeev Aram, a hugely influential style persona who championed creative imagination and fresh new talent.

Dennis Gilbert, architectural photographer (1951 – 2021)

Warwick Junction, Durban, South Africa, by Asiye eTafuleni, photograph by Dennis Gilbert, 2019

Architectural photographer Dennis Gilbert, founder of Check out Photos, one particular of the foremost companies for architectural imagery, and an honorary fellow of RIBA, aided shape our perception of present-day architecture.

Chris Wilkinson, architect (1945 – 2021)

Architect Chris Wilkinson. Pictures: Rob Greig

We keep in mind British architect Chris Wilkinson, of WilkinsonEyre, who introduced a uncommon humanity and sense of artwork to architecture in all its types.

Ruy Ohtake, architect (1938 – 2021)

Pages from our 2001 interview with Ruy Ohtake, photographed at the Tomie Ohtake Residence, which he designed in 1968. Interiors editor: Kelly Russell. Interiors assistant: Ana Stecca

To honour the memory of Brazilian architect Ruy Ohtake, a grasp of Brazilian modernism, we revisit the Tomie Ohtake Residence, which he created in 1968 for his mothers and fathers and named immediately after his mom, abstract painter Tomie Ohtake. Our job interview from the Wallpaper* archive was initially released in 2001.

Gottfried Böhm, architect (1920-2021)

Gottfried Böhm’s Pilgrimage Church near Cologne, its roof produced up of advanced folds of concrete. Images: Micha de Ridder

To mark the passing of Pritzker Prize-winning German architect Gottfried Böhm, we revisit a story from the Wallpaper* archives (2007), celebrating the geometric styles of his 1968 Pilgrimage Church in close proximity to Cologne.

Umberto Riva, architect, designer and painter (1928-2021)

Italian architect, designer and painter Umberto Riva was a a lot loved determine of Milanese architecture and style, a discreet creator with an artist’s eyesight and ‘a curiosity that cuts throughout boundaries’.

Owen Luder (1928 – 2021)

Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth (accomplished in 1966, demolished in 2004), by the Owen Luder Partnership. Images: Sue Barr

Owen Luder was the pre-eminent exponent of uncooked concrete architecture in the United kingdom, a pioneer whose influence continues to be felt.