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30 May Design Icons – The Intro

Will you be Iconic? Only Time Can Tell..

Every object we see in our daily life is designed by someone. We all have our own tastes and views about how a certain object should look. This is why we see as many varieties in opinions as in designs. Still, we can not say every piece of design is successful. Most designers aim to create a design that is functional, appealing and reasonably priced. However, this is easier said than done. There are so many factors that influence our opinions on what is good design. Think about our culture, background, surroundings, age, but also our knowledge of the creator and manufacturing process. For an object to become a really successful design and and receive an Iconic status it should at least be a perfect assemblage of: shape, function and practicality. But still, only time can tell if a design is going to be Iconic.

The designer as we know him nowadays only exists from the second half of the 18th century and is a direct outcome of the industrial revolution. As a result of the industrialization and the technical developments there could be furniture designed and produced that were affordable for the common folks. New developments in techniques and materials stimulated new inventions and made de profession of designer more populair and specialized. Off course there were designers that didn’t want to have anything to do with those new technologies and preferred the pre-industrial handicraft, nut many embraced it and enjoyed the challenge of working with new materials and machines. The collaboration between designers and manufacturers in the 19th and 20e century created a strong increase in design object. To compete with one and other and really stand out, designers were more¬†creative and innovative than ever before.

Isamu Noguchi, New York, 1955 / by Louise Dahl-Wolfe /

But why is it that some of these pieces are still used today and others have faded? Because some pieces the we thought were brilliant 20 years ago, are now tremendously outdated because of their form, material or function? And what made some designs so good, that even with the technology of today, there is now design that has surpassed it and made this original design feel old?

The answer we have is that for a successful design to become iconic it should be timeless in construction, function and aesthetic appeal.

In this serie we are going to have a look at some of the most Iconic interior pieces and explain their timeless succes.


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