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Design = Love | The Iconic Design Series
Every designer worth their salt has a lust list of famous furniture, products and lights they would buy (or steal) for their dream house. I am no different. This list contains some of the most iconic design products in history. each product is designed by famous designers with passion and attention to detail. I would like to give you links for replicas and knockoffs but honestly, i’d rather save up to buy the original. Trust me, they are modern heirlooms which are timeless. With no further adieu, here are the contents of my dream house.
1. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman:
Tell me you do not want to sink into this gorgeous moulded plywood and soft leather chair and I might look at you in utter dismay. This chair and ottoman set has been designed by Charles and Ray Eames – design royalty, may I add – and is one of the most iconic designs to have emerged from the 1950s. The chair is a beautiful marriage of comfort and style, and was designed for the high-end market. It has been said that Charles’ vision was of a chair with the “warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.” What is interesting about this chair is the fact that the wooden shell is made of seven layers of thin veneer, which were glued together and shaped under heat and pressure. The chair
is now a permanent feature at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Manufacturer: Herman Miller
Price: $ 3, 500 for the Cherry or Walnut version.
2. Tulip Dining Table:
Designed by Finnish-American designer Eero Saarinen, the Tulip table is so popular that it probably has the maximum replicas that any table could have. Also from the 1950’s (as you can see I have quite a penchant for furniture from the Modern era) the table is part of the “Pedestal Collection” that Saarinen designed after deciding to address the issue of ugly table legs. The table top is available in laminate or marble. The base is made in heavy moulded cast aluminium which is painted white. The base is fluid and organic and let’s admit, just plain gorgeous. Wouldn’t you stay home to eat meal after meal on this table?
Price: $3346 for a 42″ diameter.
3. Arco Floor Lamp:
Designed by Achille and Pier Casliglioni in 1962, the design was inspired by a street lamp. It is elegant, classic, and like all good design, simple. The lamp has a heavy White Carrara marble base which holds a stainless steel stem that drops a light like a pendant. It swivels too!
Price: $1400 and upwards.
4. Juicy Salif Lemon Squeeze
It’s bizarre, sculptural and awe striking. Never has
you do not want to tuck away in your kitchen drawer The ribs of the cast aluminium “head” allow the squeezed juice to run along the structure till it reached the lowest point where it trickles into the glass
Finally a product that wasn’t made 50 years ago. It may not be iconic yet, but trust me, it will be. This lights challenges the concept of a chandelier to be hung from a ceiling and gives it a new home:
on the floor. Dror’s website states: “Clear strands weave together 6, 400 Swarovski crystals in a grid pattern. When the frame opens, the grid transforms into two sweeping parabolas. The frame itself is a Dror patent: a self-locking hinge system with no fasteners. Four incandescent strips are placed on the inner walls of the frame, creating a dramatic ambiance as the light glimmers through the curved web of crystals.” I had the pleasure of meeting Dror earlier this year and this self locking hinge system is nothing short of a fabulous discovery.
Shweta Kaushik Design = Love By Shweta Kaushik Design = Love is a bi-weekly catalogue of all things unique, significant and lust worthy that catch my fancy in the design world. The column will cover objet d’arts, architecture, interiors, contemporary art, product/packaging design including profiles on designers who aim to revolutionize our perception of the world. Follow her on Twitter @missshwe –