Design Classics

Livingetc loves a design icon. Design Classics pays tribute to the pioneering designs that have stood the test of time to become statement showpieces recognised the world over. From Carl Hansen’s Wishbone Chair to the Arco floor lamp, the Saarinen tulip dining table to Wedgwood Jasperware, these are stories behind the modern furniture, lighting and accessories that made history and are still influencing design and designers today.

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Design Classic: Wishbone Chair

Designer: Hans J Wegner, 1949 Details: From £670, Carl Hansen at Aram Store Think of unlikely duos that work despite their differences and Hans…

Design Classic: Magis Puppy

Designer: Eero Aarnio, 2005. Details: Magis Puppy, from £57, Utility Design. Believe us when we say that back in the…

Design Classic: Boffi Pipe Shower

Designer: Marcel Wanders for Boffi, 2000. Details: Satinised stainless-steel floor-standing shower, £6,100, available with or without the red ceramic handle,…

Design Classic: Panton Chair

Designer: Verner Panton Details: Panton Chair, £210, The Conran Shop Picture the early 1960s, a time of prosperity and optimism…

Design Classic: Eames Elephant

Designers: Charles and Ray Eames, 1945. Details: Dyed-through polypropylene elephant chairs in ice grey and dark lime, £158 each, Vitra.…

Design Classic: 265 Wall Light

Designer: Paolo Rizzatto, 1973. Details: Adjustable steel, chrome and iron wall light, available in Black, Grey or White, £649, by…

Design Classic: Steiff Teddy Bear

Designer: Richard Steiff, 1902 Details: Steiff collectors’ teddy bears, from £110, Steiff It may look cuddly and cosy, but the forerunner…

Design Classic: Wedgwood Jasperware

Designer: Josiah Wedgwood, 1774 Details: Porcelain Christmas tree decorations, from £25, Wedgwood A true English classic, Wedgwood Jasperware has been…

Design Classic: The Original Fatboy

Designer: Jukka Setälä, 1998 Details: Original stonewashed beanbag, £159.95, Fatboy Take the ubiquitous beanbag, mass-produced since the Seventies, add the…

Design Classic: The Nelson Chair

Designer: David Linley, 2005 Details: Nelson armchair, £3,450, Linley The phrase ‘fit for a king’ takes on a rather literal…

Design Classic: The IC T1 Table Lamp

Designer: Michael Anastassiades, 2014 Details: IC T1 Table Lamp for Flos, £327 from John Lewis If you’ve ever watched a…

Design Classic: Happy Chaise Longue

Designer: Antonio Citterio, 2005 Details: Happy chaise longue, approx £4,380, Flexform Channelling modern Made in Italy sophistication, the Happy chaise…

Design Classic: Electric Wall Clock

Designer: Jim Read, 1993 Details: The 50’s ‘Electric’ wall clock in Chrome, £75, Newgate Clock watching is a forgivable offence…

Design Classic: The Lema Booken Bookcase

Designers: Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay, 2013 Details: Lacquered-ash and oak bookcase, £559, Raw Edges for Lema Known for their…