This shouldn’t be news to anyone by now but we’re kind of obsessed with iconic design. And we’ll tell you why. Unlike fashion or tech, modern furniture doesn’t become passé in a couple of years. In fact, the very best examples are loved for generations, escaping the ravages of time in a way that only Pharrel, John Legend and (if these photos are legit) Greta Thunburg seem to have swindled.
Confused? It helps if you think of designs not just as a sum of stylish parts but as ideas. Dig into the story of the Wassily Chair and you’ll learn that it’s not just a cool lounger but a declaration of simplicity. Just like the first beanbag wasn’t just a comfy seat but an invitation to a new laissez-faire way of living. But we don’t want to give it away all away in the intro. If you’re a newbie here and don’t know your Saarinen’s from your Eames, prepare for a thorough schooling. If you’re nerdy like us and just want a chance to reminisce on some of the greatest designs of the last century, then welcome aboard, partner.