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.
Peter Behrens (1868-1940) was an influential architect and designer who combined art, industry, and technology to create objects for everyday use.
Charles (1907–1978) and Ray Eames (1912–1988) were American designers who made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture.
Born in Augsburg, Otto Blümel studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich and then took up painting.
Designed in 1939 artist and industrial designer Isamu Noguchi, the Noguchi table is an icon of modernist furniture.
Trained as a craftsman in wrought iron, Jean Prouvé opened his own workshop ‘Ateliers Jean Prouvé’ in 1923.
Piet Hein (1905-1996), a direct descendant of Piet Pieterszoon Hein, the 17th-Century Dutch naval hero, was a Danish scientist and mathematician.
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.
Hans Wegner (1914-2007) was a famous Danish furniture designer, who contributed to the popularity of mid-century Danish design.
Founded in 1881 by Franz Schneider as a producer of furniture knobs, Franz Schneider Brakel (FSB) is a manufacturer of door handles and door fittings.
Designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1962, the much imitated Arco floor lamp is inspired by streetlights and is considered a true icon of design.
Invented in 1898 by Maurice Berger, Lampe Berger is a fragrance lamp that destroys odors and bacteria by using a catalytic burner to combust an alcohol based fuel.
Founded in 1853 by Rudolph Wurlitzer, The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, or simply Wurlitzer, was the manufacturer of world’s most iconic jukebox.
Founded in 1909 by Adolf Feller, Feller SA is a manufacturer of electrical installation products and market leader in Switzerland.
Founded in the 1930s by John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball, Farrow & Ball are a British manufacturer of paints and wallpapers based upon historic colour palettes.
Founded in 1878 in Abensberg by Adolf Wilhelm Keim, Keimfarben is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of silicate paints.
Inspired by these traditional lanterns, artist Isamu Noguchi, designed a series of light sculptures in 1951, which he named Akari, meaning light in Japanese.
Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and manufactured by Louis Poulsen, the Artichoke grew out to become…
Designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen, the PH5 pendant by Louis Poulsen is a classic in the history of modern lighting design.
Founded in 1845 in Amsterdam by A.J. Heydenryk, The House of Heydenryk is regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious picture frame companies.
Founded in 1932 by Harry Roberts and Leslie Bidmead, Roberts Radio Ltd. quickly established a solid reputation for their high-quality portable radios.
Founded in 1990 by interior designer Alessandro Agrati, Culti is a manufacturer of home fragrances, credited for inventing the reed diffuser.
Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the famous Taccia lamp is the most iconic table lamp for indirect lighting.
Designed in 1948 by Danish interior architect Poul Cadovius, the Royal System is considered the world’s first wall-mounted shelving system.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1912 by Renzo Frau, Poltrona Frau is an Italian furniture-maker, known for their exhaustive quality standards.
Trained by Achille Castiglioni and Vico Magistretti, Patricia Urquiola (1961) is a famous Spanish furniture designer.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) was a German-American architect and is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture.
Founded in 1959 by brothers Romeo, Pietro and Agostino Galimberti, Flexform SpA designs, produces and markets furniture and furnishing accessories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1867 by Théophile Winckelmans, Winckelmans is a worldwide leader in the production of porcelain and vitrified tiles.
Founded in 1873 by Graziano Appiani in Treviso in 1873, Appiani is one of the oldest manufacturers of tiles in the world.
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.
Founded in 1973 by Ivor Tiefenbrun to produce the Sondek LP12 turntable, Linn is a manufacturer of hi-fi, home theatre, and multi-room audio systems.
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.
Founded in 1888 by René Lalique as a jewelers workshop, Lalique is a French glassmaker, best known for producing glass art, vases and perfume bottles.
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.
Founded in 1860 in Islington, London by Arthur Sanderson, the company began as an importer of French wallpapers.
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.