I adore classics. That goes for every kind of things in life. I love musical classics like Ocateve One – Blackwater or Fairmont – Gazebo. I love classic cars like the Range Rover P38 or the Jaguar E-type. I love classic outfits like the double breasted suit or the plaid shirt. And I also love design classics. They can really take your entire interior to a higher level.
In my opinion there are two types of design classics: the ones that blend in but make everything else look great and the ones that stand out and immediately catch the visitor’s attention. Both are equally important and valuable. Here’s a couple of the design classics I adore most of all.
1. Tizio lamp
This lamp was designed by the German industrial designer Richard Sapper in 1972. I’ve known this lamp for as long as I can remember. It has always been in my parent’s interior, I took it with me when I went to boarding school and when I went studying in Ghent. The great thing about this lamp is that it’s an extremely innovative piece of design and technique. There are no cables involved, the electricity runs trough the metal frame itself.
It comes in multiple shapes and sizes, which makes it perfect for both a table lamp as well as a floor lamp.
2. Eames Lounge Chair
The original. Everyone knows the Lounge Chair Ottoman, designed by the American duo Charles and Ray Eames. However, this one came first. Not only does it look great, it’s also a great piece of furniture because it’s very comfortable .
3. Barcelona Chair
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe is without discussion one of the mos genious architects to have ever walked the surface of this planet. He was not just an architect, he was a visionary pioneer. He changed the way people thought about architecture and design entirely, and this chair is an extract of his completely new way of thinking. Put this in any interior and it will blow people away, no doubt.
Mies Van Der Rohe was not the only visionary architect of his time, of course. Walter Gropius for example was another architect who had a great impact on architectural history. Another one was Le Corbusier. This Swiss architect’s real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris and he designed some of the greatest buildings in the world.
He’s also responsible for some great furniture and one of his best known pieces is the so-called LC2. Very simple, yet elegant, signature Le Corbusier chair. I’m happy to have these in my own interior, I love them.
5. Arne Vodder Sideboard
Let’s make an understatement: Scandinavian vintage design is back. One of my favourite scandinavian designers is Arne Vodder, who died only 5 years ago. He designed great cabinets. This is one of my absolute favourites.
There are a lot of websites that sell replica’s of the original designs. Of course, the original ones are still the most precious ones, however, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a good replica. You don’t want something that ‘kind of looks like the original from a distance’ though. A good website for designer replica’s is The Furnshop.