Iconic Design

  • The ICON | The Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman

    This iconic lounge chair and ottoman, designed by Ray and Charles Eames, was an instant success when it was released in 1956.

  • The ICON | Butterfly Chair

    Unlike other chairs from the late 1930s, the Butterfly chair requires the user to recline, relax and contemplate the world going by.

  • The ICON | Tulip Chair

    Designed in 1956 by Eero Saarinen and produced by Knoll, the Tulip Chair (with or without armrests) continues to ‘strike a pose’.

  • A Tribute to Ricardo Bofill: 1939-2022

    It was with great sadness that the architecture world learnt of the death, at 82, of renowned Catalan architect, Ricardo Bofill.

  • The ICON | Thonet No.18 Chair

    Simplicity is often the key to creating an iconic design. And in the case of the Thonet chair, only six elements were required to make each chair.

  • The ICON | Series 7 Chair

    The Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair maintains its high standards over 60 years on from Arne Jacobsen’s initial design.

  • The ICON | Savoy Vase

    We get to know the story behind the curvaceous and free-flowing Savoy Vase designed by Alvar Aalto and his wife Aino.

  • The ICON | Up Series Chair

    We go back to 1969, the year Gaetano Pesce’s Up Series project was launched, to learn more about this head-turning armchair.

  • The ICON | Camaleonda Sofa

    Mario Bellini’s Camaleonda Sofa, with its soft and encompassing padding, became a feature in many living rooms throughout the 1970s. We discover why it’s now a design icon – and even more popular with its reissue.

  • The ICON | Cab Chair

    Part of the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA), we learn the story behind Mario Bellini’s leather Cab Chair.

  • The ICON | Akari Lights

    Isamu Noguchi dominated the world’s design scene for the greatest part of the 20th century, most notably with the iconic Akari Lights.

  • The ICON | Barcelona Chair

    As part of our ICON series, we’re uncovering the story behind the Barcelona Chair designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich in 1929.

  • Future Classic | Roy Tavolo Table Lamp

    We’re bringing the Roy Tavolo Table Lamp by Mario Nanni to the front in the first instalment of our new Future Classic series.

  • A Tribute to Ernesto Gismondi: 1931-2021

    Ernesto Gismondi was founder and president of Artemide, the lighting brand he founded in 1960 with fellow designer Sergio Mazza.

  • The ICON | Coconut Lounge Chair

    There are few chairs, if any, that come close to the Coconut Lounge Chair. Designed by George Nelson in 1955, we’re highlighting the Coconut Chair in the sixth instalment of our ICON series.

  • The ICON | CH24 Wishbone Chair

    In the fifth instalment of our ICON series, we’re celebrating 110 years of the CH24 Wishbone Chair designed by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son.

  • A Tribute to Sir Terence Conran: 1931-2020

    Visionary designer, retailer, restaurateur and founder of the Design Museum Sir Terence Conran not only revolutionised British design, he also changed peoples’ lifestyles.

  • A Tribute to Cini Boeri: 1924-2020

    Cini Boeri was a formidable, multi-awarded Italian architect and pioneering designer who graduated from Milan Polytechnic in 1951.