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Iconic Home Design Pieces Every Design Lover Should Know

These pieces continue to inspire designers of today.
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The most coveted furniture pieces remain unscathed despite the changing times and design eras. Designers, artists, and design aficionados are drawn to their timeless styles which are still a source of inspiration and influence in today's furniture and home décor industry.

1. Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames

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American industrial designers Charles and Ray Eames were inspired by the English club chair when they designed the celebrated lounge chair and ottoman back in 1956. It was made as a comeback to complaints that modern design isn't comfortable. The lounge chair, made with molded plywood, upholstered leather seat and aluminum base, was an unprecedented piece at a time when furniture was minimal and sparse. It turned out to be one of the most timeless and popular seating pieces of all time. The furniture piece now comes in a variety of wood and leather finishes to suit different interior styles. Currently, the design is manufactured by Herman Miller for the United States and by Vitra for Europe.

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Herman Miller and Vitra are both distributed by CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

2. Pedestal Collection by Eero Saarinen

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Released in 1958 for Knoll, the collection is also known as the Pedestal Table and Tulip Chairs because of the pieces' solitary legs and seats resembling the stem and petals of a tulip. When Eero Saarinen designed the Pedestal Collection for Knoll, his objective was to "clear the slum of legs" underneath the chairs and tables creating a clean, ultra modern, and iconic look. Both an architect and sculptor, Eero Saarinen believed in total designthe co-relation of objects and spaces to one another, hence a collection of various table sizes and table top options, and an assortment of seating pieces that can be stationary or swiveled. 

Knoll is distributed by Living Innovations, Fort Victoria, 5th Avenue corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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3. Wassily Chair by Marcel Breuer

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The Wassily Chair was designed by architect Marcel Breuer, protégé of Bauhaus movement pioneer Walter Gropius. Designed in 1925, the chair was inspired by the club chair and the result was a chair with a simple outline made of lightweight and sturdy tubular steel, and canvas seat, back, and armrests. Initially named Model B3 Chair, it was named after his friend, painter Wassily Kandinsky, who had admired the chair when it was first completed. Breuer eventually made Kandinsky a duplicate for his personal use. Breuer said this chair was his "most extreme work... the least artistic, the most logical, the least 'cozy' and the most mechanical." However, this was also his most influential piece as this chair inspired designers to experiment on tubular steel, which has become one of the most utilized materials for seating pieces until this day. 

4. Florence Knoll Sofa by Florence Knoll

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This seat was designed by Florence Knoll in 1954, hence its name. Florence Knoll often referred to her furniture as fillers for pieces made by fellow designers like Mies Van Der Rohe and Eero Saarinen but her aesthetic, eye for proportion and attention to detail made her designs just as celebrated as her contemporaries. The Florence Knoll Sofa is the epitome of mid-century modern sofas we see everywhere. The straightforward profile with its clean tufting, sturdy construction and impeccable proportion is a subtle but significant presence to any contemporary interior.

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5. Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner

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Hans Wegner designed the Wishbone Chair for Carl Hansen and Son. Initially named the CH24, it is part of a series of chair designs made for the manufacturing company. The Wishbone chair, with its smooth and clean design, is the most recognizable among the lot. Despite the obvious Scandinavian aesthetics—its ergonomic form, use of steam-bent wood and organic elegance—the Wishbone chair was inspired by oriental thrones from the Ming dynasty.

6. Barcelona Chair by Mies Van de Rohe

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One of the pioneers of modern architecture, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe is an architect known for extreme clarity, simplicity and elegance in his designs. In 1929, he designed the Barcelona chair for the king of Spain during the inauguration of the German Pavilion at the Barcelona Exposition. The design is inspired by aristocratic Roman folding chairs. The chair is made modern by use of bolted steel bars and ivory leather with welts and buttons for upholstery. Only two pieces were made for the exposition but it was so popular that it was mass-produced shortly after. It was redesigned in 1950 using stainless steel to form one piece of seamless metal for the frame and with Bovine leather instead of ivory-colored pigskin for the upholstery.

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7. Fiberglass Chairs by Charles and Ray Eames

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Another creation of Charles and Ray Eames, it was first produced in 1950 for furniture manufacturing company Herman Miller. The one-piece shell made of fiberglass-reinforced resin was greatly revered since chairs at the time were typically made with separate seats and backrests. They also designed an innovative series of individual bases one of which is the DSR or Eiffel Tower-shaped base that can be combined with the fiberglass seat. It initially came in only three shades: greige (mix of gray and beige), elephant hide gray, and parchment. Now, the chair is offered in 14 different colors like seafoam green, red-orange, and light ochre. 

Herman Miller and Vitra are both distributed by CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

8. Arco Lamp

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Designed by brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962, the Arco lamp is a floor lamp that works as an overhead light without the complex wiring. It was intended to have stability and grace with a heavy Carrara white marble as a base to support the towering arch of the stainless steel stem and polished swiveling and height adjustable reflector. The elegance of the floor lamp is not without quirks and practical use. The marble base has beveled corners for safety purposes and the hole in the base is not a design feature but is provided for sliding a broomstick in so two people can lift the lamp with ease.

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9. Salif Juicer by Philippe Starck for Alessi

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Commissioned by Italian design studio Alessi, the Salif Juicer was a piece designed by Philippe Starck in 1990. The futuristic design was inspired by the silhouette of a squid while the designer was on a holiday trip. It is a controversial piece as many have said it is an impractical design for a juicer, while for others, it is more of a sculptural work of art for the kitchen. Despite the controversy, it is undoubtedly an icon of industrial design and is featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Available at Alessi, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Highstreet, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

10. Hicks Hexagon Wallpaper by Cole and Son

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The famous hexagonal design was first introduced by design icon David Hicks in the 1970s. The ultra-mod pattern was initially meant as floor covering but soon made its way to accentuate wall surfaces. The honeycomb pattern is both modern and classy and comes in various colorways like  Soot & Bronze on Slate Grey, Soot & Bronze on Linen, Teal & Bronze on Soot and Black & Gold on Soft Olive. 

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Cole and Son is available at Studio Eleven, MG Building, Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati

11. Noguchi Table by Isamu Noguchi

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The Noguchi Table was first introduced by manufacturing company Herman Miller in 1947. Two identical curved wood pieces serve as a biomorphic base topped with a heavy glass top, and the coffee table can be used for residential and office purposes. The design of the table is an evolution of a glass table Noguchi designed for the president of the Museum of Modern Art in 1939. The team at Herman Miller was impressed by the biomorphism used and commissioned Noguchi to design a similar table with the same concept.

Herman Miller is distributed by CWC Interiors, W Global Center, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

12. Beat Pendant Collection by Tom Dixon

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Inspired by traditional pots and water vessels handcrafted in Northern India, Tom Dixon released the Beat pendant collection in 2014. The collection is comprised of a series of pendant lights with silhouettes that can be mismatched to add more texture to any given room. Each lighting fixture is made from hand-spun brass with a smooth exterior and a hand-beaten hammered interior finish that refracts light to emit a soft warm glow.

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Tom Dixon is available at MOs Design, B2, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City

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