Armchair (asymmetrical)

Mentioned in the same breath as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) was a leading designer of tubular steel furniture designs.

Armchair (fiberglass)

Designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic fiberglass chair was intentionally an entry for the ‘International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design’.

Armchair (inflatable)

Designed in 1967 by Jonathan De Pas, Donato D’Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Carla Scolari, Blow is the first piece of inflatable living room furniture to be mass-produced.

Armchair (lounge)

Charles (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988) were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture.

Armchair (swivel)

Introduced in 1958 by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971), the Swan chair is one of his most iconic pieces of furniture.

Armchair (wire)

Designed in 1966 by Warren Platner and originally introduced by Knoll International, the Platner wire series are icons of modern furniture.


Founded in 1852 by Pehr Adolf Janson as a master saddler business, Hästens today is specialized in beds, bedlinen, pillows and lifestyle accessories.

Bedside table

Anna Castelli Ferrieri (1918-2006) was an Italian architect and industrial designer. She is most known for her influence in the use of plastics as a mainstream design for Kartell, a leading Italian furniture company.


George Nelson (1908–1986) was an American industrial designer and designed much of the 20th century’s most iconic modernist furniture.


In 1670 the ‘Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson’s Bay’ was incorporated with a royal charter from King Charles II.

Bookcase (classic)

Founded in 1899, as a result of the merge of Globe Files (1882), owned by Henry Yeiser, and Wernicke (1893), owned by Otto Wernicke, Globe-Wernicke is best known for their sectional bookcase system.

Bookcase (room divider)

Charlotte Perriand (1903–1999) was a French architect and designer, mostly known for the furniture designs she created with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret.


Founded in 1643 by Claude Trudon, Cire Trudon is the oldest wax-producing factory in the world. It was the provider of the royal court of Louis XIV.

Candle (scented)

Founded in 1961 by creatives Christiane Gautrot, Desmond Knox-Leet and Yves Coueslant, Diptyque is a luxury goods company that produces a high-end line of scented candles, perfumes, face and body care.


Trained as a craftsman in wrought iron, Jean Prouvé opened his own workshop ‘Ateliers Jean Prouvé’ in 1923…

Chair (bentwood)

Founded in 1853 by Michael Thonet as ‘Gebrüder Thonet’, Thonet is a European furniture manufacturer, particularly known for their bentwood furniture made with a unique steam-bending technology.

Chair (butterfly)

Designed in 1938 by Antonio Bonet, Juan Kurchan and Jorge Ferrari Hardoy, the Butterfy Chair is arguably one of the most well-known chairs in the world.

Chair (café)

Designed in 1898 by Adolf Loos to furnish the famous Café Museum in Vienna, the Museum Chair is the most iconic café chair.

Chair (cane)

Hans Wegner (1914-2007) was a famous Danish furniture designer, who contributed to the popularity of mid-century Danish design.

Chair (cantilever)

Mart Stam (1899-1986) was a Dutch architect, urban planner, and furniture designer. Starting in 1925, Stam experimented with gas pipes that he connected with flanges and developed the principle of the cantilever chair: a chair that no longer rests on four legs.

Chair (cardboard)

Designed in 1972 by architect Frank Gehry as part of the Easy Edges furniture series, the Wiggle Side Chair is the most iconic cardboard chair.

Chair (chaise longue)

Better known under his pseudonym Le Corbusier, an altered form of his maternal grandfather’s name, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965) was a Swiss-French architect, designer, painter, urban planner, writer, and one of the pioneers of modern architecture.

Chair (concrete)

Born in 1965 and educated at the Royal College of Art in London, Konstantin Grcic is a contemporary industrial designer who has developed furniture, products and lighting for leading companies.

Chair (director’s)

Founded in 1892, the Gold Medal Camp Furniture company designed the original director’s chair: a lightweight wooden chair, with canvas seat and backrest.

Chair (elastic)

René Herbst (1891-1982) was one of the first designers in France to experiment with tubular steel for furniture. For his most iconic designs Herbst also used elastic rubber stretcher belts.

Chair (fiberglass)

Designed in 1950 by Charles and Ray Eames, the iconic fiberglass chair was intentionally an entry for the ‘International Competition for Low-Cost Furniture Design’.

Chair (foldable)

Giancarlo Piretti (1940) studied at the Instituto Statale d’ Arte in Bologna and worked as an interior designer for Castelli. During his twelve years with Castelli, he developed countless innovative furniture designs primarily in the field of seating.

Chair (kitchen)

Designed in 1955 by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971), the iconic Model 3107 chair is arguably the most well-known chair in the world.

Chair (object)

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888–1964) was a Dutch architect, furniture designer and one of the principal members of the artistic movement De Stijl.

Chair (plywood)

In the early 1940s Charles and Ray Eames experimented with wood-molding techniques that would have profound effects on the design world.

Chair (rope)

Marcel Wanders is a Dutch product- and interior designer who designed for leading international companies such as Flos, Alessi, Puma and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Chair (spoke)

Yrjö Ilmari Tapiovaara (1914-1999) was a Finnish designer noted for his furnishings and textiles. Designed in 1956, the Mademoiselle chair is a true Finnish design classic.

Chair (stackable)

Graduated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, David Lincoln Rowland (1924-2010) was an American industrial designer mostly famous for his 40/4 chair.

Chair (steel)

Based in Autun, Burgundy, Xavier Pauchard (1880-1948) was a pioneer of galvanization in France. After World War I, he began to manufacture housewares from galvanized sheet-metal.

Chair (upholstered)

Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) was the son of famous architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art Director Eliel Saarinen. After studying sculpture in Paris and architecture at Yale, Saarinen returned to Cranbrook.

Clock (torsion)

A torsion clock is a mechanical clock which does not need to be wound manually. It gets its energy from changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure, so it can run for years without you having to do anything.

Coat rack

Charles (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988) were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture.

Coat stand

Born in Augsburg, Otto Blümel studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich and then took up painting.

Coffee table

Designed in 1939 artist and industrial designer Isamu Noguchi, the Noguchi table is an icon of modernist furniture.

Dining table (round)

Eero Saarinen (1910–1961), son of influential architect and head of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Eliel Saarinen, was a famous architect and industrial designer known for his neofuturistic style.

Floor lamp (arc)

Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962, the much imitated Arco floor lamp is inspired by streetlights and is considered a true icon of design.

Light switch

Founded in 1909 by Adolf Feller, Feller SA is a manufacturer of electrical installation products and market leader in Switzerland.

Paper lamp

Inspired by these traditional lanterns, artist Isamu Noguchi, designed a series of light sculptures in 1951, which he named Akari, meaning light in Japanese.

Portable radio

Founded in 1932 by Harry Roberts and Leslie Bidmead, Roberts Radio Ltd. quickly established a solid reputation for their high-quality portable radios.

Reflector lamp

Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the famous Taccia lamp is the most iconic table lamp for indirect lighting.

Shelving system

Designed in 1948 by Danish interior architect Poul Cadovius, the Royal System is considered the world’s first wall-mounted shelving system.

Side table

Mentioned in the same breath as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) was a leading designer of tubular steel furniture designs.


Finn Juhl (1912–1989) was a pioneer within Danish furniture design and the Danish Modern movement. He was well known outside of Denmark early on.

Smoke detector

Founded in 1967 in Aurora, Illinois, BRK Electronics is a leading worldwide manufacturer and marketer of a line of home safety products under the First Alert brand name.


Florence Knoll Bassett (born May 24, 1917) is an American architect and furniture designer who studied under Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen at Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Sofa (asymmetrical)

Designed in 2005 by Hella Jongerius, the Polder Sofa is the most iconic asymmetrical sofa, mainly because of its unusual mix of fabrics, colours, industrial elements and craft details.

Sofa (daybed)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) was a German-American architect and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture.

Sofa (lounge)

Founded in 1959 by brothers Romeo, Pietro and Agostino Galimberti, Flexform SpA designs, produces and markets furniture and furnishing accessories.

Sofa (sofabed)

Founded in 1941, Spectrum is one of the oldest Dutch furniture companies still existing. The collection includes design classics from Martin Visser, Gerrit Rietveld and Constant Nieuwenhuijs, all from around 1960, and some newer items by Dutch designers.


Sori Yanagi (1915–2011) was a famous Japanese product designer, who updated traditional Japanese forms for the modern age.

Table lamp

Wilhelm Wagenfeld (1900-1990) was one of the most important industrial designers of the 20th Century, and studied under the direction of László Moholy-Nagy in Bauhaus.

Task light

Tired of not finding a light adapted to his general mechanics activity, designer Jean-Louis Domecq invented a lamp that could perform well under heavy duty circumstances.

Telescopic lamp

Designed in 1965 by Gae Aulenti for Martinelli Luce, the Pipistrello has become one of the classic icons of 20th century design.


Brionvega is an electronics company founded in Milan by Giuseppe and Rina Brion in 1945. Since the sixties, Brionvega showed remarkable innovation and design which was emblematic for Italy in the post war period and economic boom.


Founded in 1906 by Mark Honeywell, Honeywell International, Inc. is a multinational conglomerate company that produces a variety of commercial and consumer products.

Track lighting

Founded in 1904 by Bernhard Blitzer as New York Gas and Appliance Co., Lightolier is a company that manufactures lighting fixtures.


Founded in 1853 in Paris, and previously doing business as Martin (est. 1792), Goyard is a luxury trunk and leather goods maker. Goyard is the oldest such organization in business, predating its main competitor, Louis Vuitton, by one year.

Umbrella stand

Founded in 1949 by chemical engineer Giulio Castelli, Kartell has always been specialized in making articles of plastic (see also the product category ‘night stand’ on Wikiconic), and is still a leading design firm working with this material.

Vase (glass)

Designed in 1936 by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto as an entry in a design competition for the Karhula-Iittala glassworks factory, the iconic Alvar Aalto Vase is one of the most famous glass pieces in history.

Wood stove (small)

Founded in 1853 by Oluf Onsum as Kværner Jernstøberi (Kværner Foundry), Jøtul AS is a Norwegian limited company that manufactures cast iron stoves and fireplaces.