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Thursday, August 30th, 2012 Furniture experts curate their predictions for classics

The New Classics: Predicting Iconic Furniture for 2050


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
4 Comments » | Published in Design Trends, Fresh New Design, furniture  |  4 Comments

I ate up the cover story on The New York Times’ Home Section today; “The Classics, Circa 2050.” For one thing, I’m always trying to determine what the new classics are (i.e. new furniture that will eventually gain icon status, today’s equivalent of a mid-century icon like a Wegner Wishbone Chair or an Eames Shell Chair). Beyond aesthetics and one’s own judgement, a sign that a piece may be well on its way to icon status is if it’s a part of a museum’s collection. Another when prominent architects choose to use it in their own homes.

Anyway, I was very pleased to see a handful of my favorite products that Design Public carries made the cut. Here they are:

The Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell (this probably inspired the most discussion)

The Emeco Navy Chair already had mid-century icon status in my book, now the experts are choosing the latest version, made from 111 recycled plastic bottles, the 111 Navy Chair.

Kartell scored again, with their Bourgie Lamp by Ferruccio Laviani

Vitra’s Algue made the cut

Tod Boontje’s Until Dawn Curtain made the cut, we love the way his botanical cuts look on the Midsummer Light

There were a few others I would have added to the list:

Sori Yanagi’s Butterfly Stool, manufactured by Vitra

The Coral 600 Pendant Lamp by David Trubridge

Bend Seating Lucy by Gaurav Nanda

Blu Dot Modulicious Case Goods

Nobody asked me, by the way! But I’m asking you – Which recent furniture and accessories do you think will achieve icon status in 30 years? Keep in mind the process can involve becoming unpopular or passé for a decade or three and then re-appreciated later. Personally, I have trouble looking beyond chairs and lighting most of the time.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the "Editorial Director" here on Hatch, you can find me spewing lots of design opinions and tips over at Houzz. Make me happy -- leave a comment!



  1. Mickey Gobes says:

    October 1st, 2012 at 3:39 am (#)

    I love the iconic furniture. Thanks for sharing the post.

  2. MDM says:

    November 23rd, 2012 at 6:07 am (#)

    Philippe Starck – simple but different and that’s why I like it. I have a purple ghost at home :)

  3. Lan says:

    November 28th, 2012 at 3:11 pm (#)

    Thank you for great photos. It seems like the iconic “Tod Boontje’s Until Dawn Curtain” takes a lot of work but it turned out completely fantastic!

  4. Franklin says:

    January 23rd, 2013 at 2:37 am (#)

    I like this iconic furniture very much and mostly the Bourgie Lamp and botanical cuts on the Midsummer Light.Both are wonderful.
    Great post!

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