Over at The New York Times, Julie Lasky ponders which items will be considered classic icons of design in the future:
For a better perspective, I asked a dozen contemporary furniture experts for their opinions on which objects produced in the last decade or so would occupy the design-conscious home of 2050, just as, say, the Eames lounge chair, a mid-20th-century creation, resides in ours. […]
Half the designers, scholars and connoisseurs I polled, in fact, selected an Apple product as an example, if not their sole choice, of canonical early 21st-century design.
There seems to be some disagreement over whether the original iPod or iPhone is more iconic. Personally I’d vote for the 4th generation iPod.