Open to Possibility: Our Annual Photo Essay of the Year's Best Pictures

CHERUBINO GAMBARDELLA and SECONDA UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI. A canopy in steel and polytetrafluoroethylene above the 10 national Bio-Mediterranean Cluster pavilions at Expo Milano. Photography by Pygmalion Karatzas/Arcaid Images.

HASSELL. At Medibank in Melbourne, Australia, the main reception area’s Doshi Levien chairs and Patricia Urquiola tables. Photography by Earl Carter/Taverne Agency.

RON ARAD ARCHITECTS. A digital sketch of a Tel Aviv office tower. Image courtesy of the firm.

STEVE HERMANN DESIGN. Bonded aluminum doors at L’Horizon Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California. Photography by Jim Bartsch.

CARSTEN HOLLER. The stainless-steel Vitra Slide Tower standing on the company’s campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Photography by Attilio Maranzano. 

GHISLANE VINAS INTERIOR DESIGN and HBF and HBF TEXTILES. For New York’s Dining by Design to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, a vignette chan­neling the Memphis Group, active when the AIDS crisis began. Photography by Garrett Rowland.

SINCLAIR HILLE ARCHITECTS and JUN KANEKO and Derix Glasstudios Ascent, a glass and LED installation in Lincoln, Nebraska. Photography courtesy of the Lincoln Journal Star. 

NEFA ARCHITECTS. An eyeglass sculpture, CNC-cut from solid-surfacing, at Leo Burnett, Moscow. Photography by Alexey Knyazev.

MICHELE DE LUCCHI. Pencil sketches for “La Passeggiata,” an exhibition at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Image courtesy of the artist.

MICHELE DE LUCCHIPencil sketches for “La Passeggiata,” an exhibition at Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Image courtesy of the artist.

EL EQUIPO CREATIVO. Oversize fiberglass fruit at La Dolça café in Barcelona, Spain. Photography by Adrià Goula.

KATI CURTIS DESIGN. A vinyl-covered ceiling at New York’s Educators 4 Excellence office. Photography by Eric Laignel.

CONRAD GARGETT and LYONS ARCHITECTURE. Steel frames jutting through painted aluminum fins at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. Photography by Christopher Frederick Jones.

Le Corbusier's Femme Assise Lisant, a collage in “Le Corbusier: 1930-1965” at Galerie Zlotowski, Paris. Photography courtesy of the Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris, FLC/ADAGP, Galerie Eric Mouchet, and Galerie Zlotowski.

DOUG WHEELER. From “The Illusion of Light” at Venice’s Palazzo Grassi, D-N SF 12 PG VI 14 in reinforced fiberglass and titanium dioxide paint with LEDs. Photography by Fulvio Orsenigo/David Zwirner, New York and London.

NUMEN/FOR USETape Paris, an installation from “Inside,” a group show at the city’s Palais de Tokyo. Photography by courtesy of the collective. 

STUDIOS ARCHITECTURE. A booth in the staff café at Pandora Media in Oakland, California. Photography by Bruce Damonte. 

IPPOLITO FLEITZ GROUP. The birdcage sculpture in a restroom at Frankfurt’s Phoenix Real Estate Development. Photography by Zooey Braun.

CALLISONRTKL and AUSTYN WEINER. A vinyl mural at Fashion Outlets of Chicago in suburban Rosemont, Illinois. Photography by David Whitcomb/CallisonRTKL. 

XYZ INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE. Urban Eyewear featuring ear straps weighted by balls. Photography by Daro Sulakauri. 

XYZ INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE. Urban Eyewear featuring ear straps weighted by balls. Photography by Daro Sulakauri. 

ORMOND GIGLIEthernet cables covering surfaces at the Tokyo restaurant Tetchan. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen. 

Dominique Kieffer. Chameleon cotton-polyester displayed in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. Photography by Paul Godwin.

KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES. Ethernet cables covering surfaces at the Tokyo restaurant Tetchan. Photography by Jimmy Cohrssen. 

HENRIQUE OLIVEIRA. At the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, Transarquitetonica combining tree branches, bamboo, mud, brick, plywood, and PVC. Photography by Everton Ballardin.

Sets and costumes for Poranduba, an opera at Saint Peter’s Theater in São Paulo, Brazil. Photography by Renato Mangolin.

Sets and costumes for Poranduba, an opera at Saint Peter’s Theater in São Paulo, Brazil. Photography by Renato Mangolin.

FILIP GILISSEN. PVC film strips composing the installation The Best Is Yet To Come (After Felix Gonzales-Torres) in “Shine Bright Like A Star” at the Brussels art gallery Meessen De Clercq. Photography by Matt Thomas.

Based upon the bronze A Grain of Rice at HSBC Group in a Foster + Partners tower in London. Photography courtesy of the artists. 

TARA DONOVAN. Hundreds of thousands of individually stacked index cards in an installation commissioned for “Wonder,” commemorating the reopening of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington. Photography by Ron Blunt. 

BARNEY'S NEW YORK. For the store’s Prada windows, creative director Dennis Freedman’s mannequin cast, in polyurethane resin, from a mold of a real person. Photography by Tom Sibley. 

ONION ARCHITECTURE. Netting and ladders in a playroom for a house in Cha-am, Thailand. Photography courtesy of the firm. 

A2ARQUITECTOS. Mirrored acrylic panels lining a child-size tunnel at the Hotel Castell dels Hams in Porto Cristo, Spain. Photography by Laura Torres Roa. 

JENNIFER CARPENTER ARCHITECT. At Converse headquarters in Boston, a chandelier of Chuck Taylor sneakers fitted with LEDs. Photography by Roberto Farren.

NENDO. Boxes of Belgian chocolates filling acrylic drawers bolted to a wall at the BbyB boutique in Tokyo. Photography by Daici Ano.

I29 INTERIOR ARCHITECTS. Frame Store, an Amsterdam pop-up to provide a 3-D experience of Frame magazine. Photography by Ewout Huibers.

SEBASTIAN BRAJKOVIC. Fibonacci, a chair in patinated bronze and silk, from “Vanishing Point” at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Paris. Photography courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

MICHAELIS BOYD ASSOCIATES and NICHOLAS PLEWMAN ARCHITECTS and FOX BROWNE CREATIVE. A corridor in the main lodge at Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana. Photography by Dook.

ECHO DESIGN GROUP. For New York’s Dining by Design to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, a vignette featuring Kravet’s woven linen Ishana Festival. Photography by Garrett Rowland.

KONSTANTIN DIMOPOULOS. A CODAawards winner in Houston and Galveston, Texas, The Blue Trees painted with water-based mineral pigment. Photography by David Brown.

MASSIVE ORDER and UNITED ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS. A canopy in laser-cut, powder-coated sheet steel at the Kuwait City fashion boutique Mélange. Photography by Nelson Garrido.

ALEXANDER GORLIN ARCHITECTS. At Bell Works, the mixed-use conversion of Eero Saarinen and Associates’s Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, the atrium’s Josef Albers–inspired floor. Photography by Michael Moran/Otto. 

ANNE WILSON. A video still shown in “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Mid-Century and Today” at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. Photography by Simon Gentry. 

GELPI PROJECTS and MARKUS LINNENBRING. Thefirstoneiscrazythesecondoneisnuts, an installation in acrylic-painted plywood, at the Detroit gallery Wasserman Projects. Photography courtesy of Wasserman Projects. 

SUPERMACHINE STUDIO. In celebration of the Siam Cement Group’s centennial, a Bangkok play structure. Photography by Wilson Tunthunya. 

CHARLES PETILLON Mutation 2, a photograph from “Invasions” at the Maison de la Photographie in Lille, France. Photography by courtesy of the artist.