Interior designers on the most iconic furniture of all time


Noguchi’s lanterns are potentially my favorite items to use in almost any project. Made with traditional Japanese craft techniques, the lanterns are made of a wire frame and a rice paper wrap, which gives them a beautiful glow of light. Although they have been used so many times, they still manage to keep their iconicity. Perhaps it is their modesty, low price, consistency, and simplicity that makes it easy for a designer to fit them into almost any project. —Noam Dvir and Daniel Rauchwerger, BoND

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The Klismos chair is undoubtedly one of the most iconic pieces in the design world, having been reintroduced into interiors repeatedly for over a thousand years, starting with its great debut in ancient Greece. It was first seen in representations of furniture on vases and bas-reliefs from the 5th century BC. The chair has fallen into disuse for hundreds of years; however, during the second neoclassical revival he returned with great aplomb, dressing the salons and salons of all society in the fashions of the 1780s to the end of the 1830s. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Villa Kerylos in the sud de la France is once again at the forefront of fashion for Greek-inspired interiors, and klismos is back in the limelight.

My favorite personal cover, however, was the one conducted in 1960 by TH Robsjohn Gibbings, who met a couple of Greek cabinet makers, the Saridis. Together they created the Klismos furniture line, with special care given to the reproduction of the klismos chair created in numerous wood and metal finishes. These coins are now wildly collectible and highly prized icons of the mid-century movement. Very few designs have lasted in the ever changing tastes of interior fashion. However, the Klismos has been, and will no doubt continue to be, a beacon of style and good taste. – Martyn Lawrence Bullard

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