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Beauty and commonsense – it’s not every day the two come together, but Achille Castiglioni’s designs perfectly combine function and form. Known as an ‘industrial’ designer for his use of practical materials like steel and wood, Castiglioni’s products turn so-called mundane objects into divine works of art.Find out more about Achille Castiglioni
It is very rare that a designer’s creations become classics within their own lifetime, but Arne Jacobsen achieved just that. A Danish architect and designer, Jacobsen was examplar of the “Danish Modern” style.Find out more about Arne Jacobsen
Few designers combine science and beauty like Borge Mogensen. This supremely intelligent designer investigated the measurements of living spaces, then created furniture and storage systems designed to work perfectly in any home or office.
Danish-born Mogensen was one of the key designers to make Danish design famous all over the world. With his love of natural materials, functional shapes and simple finishes, Mogensen’s pieces create a warm, stylish environment with clean lines and great looks.Find out more about Borge Mogensen
Charles and Ray Eames are two of the most well-known and highly-respected designers of the twentieth century.
They defined the “mid century modern” style of furniture, with their organic, innovative designs, extendeding their considerable influence to architecture, exhibition design, photography, film-making, and manufacturing.Find out more about Charles and Ray Eames
Thinking outside the box has never been so curvy
When design student, Douwe Jacobs, dreamed of creating a folding chair with curved lines, he had no idea such a thing was thought ‘impossible’.
So he went right ahead and designed the ‘impossible’ for his 2008 graduation project – a big, bold, curvy chair that could be folded totally flat.Find out more about Douwe Jacobs and Tom Schouten
When is a chair not a chair? When it’s a ball, or a bubble, a tomato or a pony – or any of the fanciful creations of Finnish designer Eero Aarnio.Find out more about Eero Aarnio
He was born in Finland and has a name that is undisputedly Scandinavian. However, no other designer or architect has been as synonymous with “The American Century” as that of Eero Saarinen.
The visionary behind iconic structures like St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, Detroit’s General Motors Technical Centre and John F. Kennedy Airport’s TWA Terminal, Saarinen’s architectural works represent some of the most potent symbols of American identity at the dawn of the atomic age.Find out more about Eero Saarinen
You have to love a designer who bases her best-known piece on a beloved character from the world of advertising. Yet that’s exactly what Eileen Gray did when she designed her voluptuous leather and tubular steel Bibendum Chair, named for the similarly voluptuous and curvaceous Michelin man.Find out more about Eileen Gray
A rare genius, Florence Knoll’s holistic approach to design led to creations such as the Florence Knoll Sofa: a triumph of minimalist style and function, and still an iconic style statement for uncluttered living spaces.Find out more about Florence Knoll
The next time you and yours retire to the “family room” to play a game or watch the telly, remember to thank George Nelson. He’s the chap who invented the gathering spot as part of a project titled “Tomorrow’s House” – but that’s hardly his only claim to fame.Find out more about George Nelson
Imagine sitting on your own, personal sculpture, or setting your evening cocktail on a genuine piece of 20th century art.
For the lucky few who own a piece of furniture designed by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi, what might sound like a once-in-a-lifetime happening is an everyday occurrence. Because this world-renowned fine artist is almost as famous for his beautiful furniture designs.Find out more about Isamu Noguchi
As a young winner of the coveted Rome Prize, Josef Hoffmann was always destined for greatness – and great he became. Hoffmann inspired decades of designers with his trademark geometrical creations, and his clean, functional designs remain as compelling as ever.Find out more about Josef Hoffmann
Few designers have been as fêted, derided, and ultimately influential as Le Corbusier. Primarily an architect, Le Corbusier believed that the correct application of modern materials and building methods could deliver better living conditions, and ultimately a better quality of life for the residents of crowded cities.Find out more about Le Corbusier
When it comes to the big names of twentieth century design, they don’t come much bigger (or longer) than Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. A pioneering and hugely influential architect, a dedicated and passionate educator, coiner of several catchy aphorisms, and – luckily for us – a dab-hand at designing furniture.Find out more about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Alex MacMaster launched MacMaster in 2009 specialising in contemporary lighting and furniture products.
The creative studio is run by award-winning designers, Alex MacMaster and Limahl Asmall who share a passion for exemplary design and an appreciation of the many time-constraints busy clients are burdened with. MacMaster’s exclusively hand-made to order approach offers shorter lead times and a streamlined service from initiation to delivery.Find out more about Macmaster Design
Inspired by the strength and elegance of his bicycle handlebars, budding designer Marcel Breuer approached a local bike factory manager with an idea for developing and manufacturing furniture using tubular steel. The factory manager politely dismissed him.
His reason? “It has never been done”.Find out more about Marcel Breuer
Mark our words, Mark Holdsworth knows about iconic furniture design. As the founder of Iconic Interiors, Holdsworth has spent nearly a decade researching, sourcing and recreating some of the most famous furniture designs in history.
His first design – a three-seater corner sofa provisionally titled ‘the Siena’ – offers five-cornered comfort and Iconic’s renowned designer style.
The Siena brings contemporary Italian design to the Iconic collection, with a shape that suits 21st century living. Its August 2012 debut is eagerly anticipated.Find out more about Mark Holdsworth
With his famous furniture celebrated the world over, Denmark-born designer Poul Kjaerholm’s outstanding creations in wood, tubular metal and leather really bring home the (Danish) bacon. Award-winning Kjaerholm is one of the few designers to have his furniture showcased in museums world-wide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the V&A Museum in London. His modern, pencil-stroke designs create minimalist, flowing furniture that is both bold and beautiful, and turns any setting into a high-end art gallery.Find out more about Poul Kjaerholm
Arguably the world’s first ‘eco’ designer, Robin Day is the genius behind the polypropylene stacking chair – a piece of designer furniture now used by school children all over the world. A master at using minimal materials to achieve maximum results, Day created many of the iconic shapes we see throughout furniture today.Find out more about Robin Day
Owing his inspiration to Exmoor where he grew up Tom has perfected a traditional practice of steam bending - using techniques he has developed himself to allow greater scope in turning his vision into reality.Find out more about Tom Raffield
When you think of the mid-century vision of the utopian future, some iconic images come to mind. Flying cars. Robot housekeepers. And the ultra-modern furniture designs of Verner Panton.
Lucky for the design world, Panton and his straight-out-of-“The Jetsons” creations were real.Find out more about Verner Panton
Platner is the master of steel and wire furniture, blurring the line between interior and exterior space. Best remembered for the Ford headquarters in New York, his legacy of iconic 1960s furniture is still in production to this day.Find out more about Warren Platner
I (Mark Holdsworth - director of Iconic Interiors) am delighted to introduce the Wewood Project to our range. Wewood is a platform of partnerships with respected designers, architects and young talents. Their collections are based on high-end production of Portugese joinery, developed by national craftsmen and the most sophisticated technology in wood production.Find out more about Wewood Project
Wilhelm Wagenfeld remains one of the most famous designers and architects of the Bauhaus design tradition. His best known design – the Wagenfeld Lamp – encapsulates those traditions so well it is simply referred to as the ‘Bauhaus Lamp’ – an elegantly beautiful mix of industrial minimalism and functionality.Find out more about Wilhelm Wagenfeld
At Iconic Interiors we are committed to bringing you the cream of modern designer furniture. The design of every item we supply has stood the test of time, looking as fresh and contemporary today as the day it was first conceived. Also visit our sister site at: Modern Classic Bauhaus Furniture
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