The timeless, iconic pieces that any discerning design-lover should have in their home

While the design realm is filled with exquisite pieces, there are some that have truly stood the test of time, and deserve respect for their aesthetic endurance. These are the pieces that mark the progression of the industrial and modernist eras, and that continue to remain hallmarks of great design today. Beware of cheap imitations.

1962
Arco floor lamp by Achille Castiglioni for Flos 

Embodying the idea of functional elegance in every sense, the Arco floor lamp with its solid, rectangular base (usually in Carrara marble but also available in a limited-edition glass version), stainless steel stem and adjustable aluminium reflector stands as a radiant masterpiece. Designed by Achille Castiglioni and his brother Pier Giacomo for Flos in 1962, the lamp’s thoughtful details serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose and promise to cast any space in a cool, contemporary light.

1948
Womb chair by Eero Saarinen for Knoll

The iconic Womb chair is a timeless masterpiece born from the visionary mind of designer Eero Saarinen. First conceived in 1948 as a sanctuary of relaxation, this mid-century chair is known for its curvaceous form that envelops with opulent comfort. In fact, it was made in response to Florence Knoll’s request for “a chair that was like a basket full of pillows,” a brief it clearly met with its subtle but plush allure. 

1928
LC4 Chaise Longue by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand for Cassina

Crafted in 1928 and brought to prominence in 1965 by Cassina, this iconic piece epitomises the harmonious convergence of geometric purity and ergonomic intent. Boasting an ingenious friction system that ensures stability at every reclining angle this chair is the ultimate expression of a chaise longue, offering refinement and relaxation in equal measure. 

1977
Atollo table lamp by Vico Magistretti for Oluce

The striking Atollo lamp was originally designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977, won the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1979 and is now cherished in the hallowed halls of design museums worldwide. Its allure lies in the harmonious geometry of its construction — the cone, the cylinder and the mesmerising hemisphere — offering a luminous sculpture of sleek, contemporary beauty, impossible to replicate or enhance. No wonder it has become a mainstay in any well-designed home.

1954
D.154.2 armchair by Gio Ponti for Molteni&C

This exquisite armchair was initially designed by Gio Ponti for one of his passion projects — the Planchart collectors’ villa in Caracas (1953-1957). Curated by Molteni&C under the artistic direction of Studio Cerri & Associati, it echoes Ponti’s Latin American inspirations. A cocoon of comfort, the D.154.2 armchair boasts a polyurethane frame, plush cushion and customisable upholstery that combine to offer pure luxury. Award-winning and utterly timeless, it’s hardly surprising that this piece has ascended to become a Molteni&C icon.

1962
Taccia light by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos 

The captivating Taccia table light is undeniably a Flos classic, designed by the visionary Castiglioni brothers. From its inverted hanging lamp illusion and concave aluminium reflector to its adjustable, blown-glass diffuser and extruded aluminium base, this piece exudes a minimalist, industrial charm and redefines illumination in its statement-making simplicity.

1925
Wassily lounge chair by Marcel Breuer for Knoll

The captivating Taccia table light is undeniably a Flos classic, designed by the visionary Castiglioni brothers. From its inverted hanging lamp illusion and concave aluminium reflector to its adjustable, blown-glass diffuser and extruded aluminium base, this piece exudes a minimalist, industrial charm and redefines illumination in its statement-making simplicity.

1973
Togo by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset 

This year marks the 50th anniversary for the iconic Togo, an enduring masterpiece from the esteemed Ligne Roset. For half a century, Michel Ducaroy’s creation has reigned supreme in the realms of comfort and style, its groundbreaking ergonomic design (cleverly crafted with polyether foam and enveloped in quilted covers) offering relaxation and repose. Whether it’s afternoon siestas or leisurely evenings, the Togo lounge chair has transcended mere furniture, becoming a statement of luxurious comfort and an exquisite addition to any living space.

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