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
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.