Designed in 1966 by Warren Platner and originally introduced by Knoll International, the Platner wire series are icons of modern furniture.
Designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, the famous Taccia lamp is the most iconic table lamp for indirect lighting.
Founded in 1920 by William Peter Dehen, Dehen Knitting Company is a manufacturer of classic heavyweight college apparel.
Anyone can make a gratuitous list of 50 iconic objects. Or curate a subjective list of 100 pretty things. These lists will all include usual suspects such as the Porche 911 and the Barbour waxed jacket.
An iconic object is something extremely successful and admired. It is coveted by everybody, the flagship model. However, it can also be a representative of an object category.
Pick me up a blender on your way back from work, my girlfriend asked me. And there I stood, in a heavily lit kitchen appliance shop in front of fifteen neatly polished blenders.
It’s human nature to judge, evaluate and express a preference. Criticism is one of man’s basic survival instincts: he simply wants to avoid things that are not good for him.
Introduced in 1969 by the Raleigh Bicycle Company of Nottingham, England, the Raleigh Chopper is the most iconic children’s bicycle.
Founded in 1957 by Luigi Borrelli, Luigi Borrelli is an Italian menswear brand from Naples, Italy, mostly known for its luxurious shirts.
Founded in 1857 as the Furt and Packard Shoe Company and soon thereafter named Field and Flint Company, FootJoy is the number one seller of golf shoes and gloves in the United States.
Founded in 1976 by Carlo Ernesto Valente as a restart of the Faema company, Vibiemme is a manufacturer of espresso machines, best known for its appliances for domestic use.
Founded in 1956 by Reyn McCullough as Reyns Men’s wear, Reyn Spooner is a fashion company, mostly known for its iconic Hawaiian shirts.
Founded in 1932 by blacksmith Anders Winther, Winther is a manufacturer of quality bikes for kids and adults, mostly known for its iconic model 405 tricycle.
Founded in 1905 by Charles Beckman, Red Wing is an American footwear company based in Red Wing, Minnesota.
Founded in 1952 by Jan Mutsaers, Mutsaers is a manufacturer of handmade leather goods, best known for its iconic physicians bag.
Founded in 1851 by John Kiehl as a homeopathic pharmacy, Kiehl’s today is a cosmetics brand specialized in skin and hair care products.
Founded in 1851 by Hendrik Berk as Berk Kampen, BK Cookware is the manufacturer of the most iconic carbon steel pans.
Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.
Founded in 1850 as an express mail business in Buffalo, the American Express Company is a multinational financial services corporation, best known for its credit cards.
Founded in 1945 by Harold Matson and Elliot Handler as a dollhouse furniture company, Mattel is the manufacturer of the original Barbie fashion doll.
First launched in 1994 and developed especially for competitive sport, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi is one of the most successful rally cars ever.
Founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani on Via Condotti in Rome, Valentino today is a world renowned fashion house.
The history of mascara goes back to the down of modern human civilization. Ever since Ancient Egypt, people want to make their eyes and eyelashes more beautiful
Founded in 1933 by Jankel Grimbert, Arnys is one of the most exclusive gentlemen’s outfitters, located on 14 Rue de Sèvres in the Parisian Saint-Germain-des Près district.
Founded in 1857 by Albert Karl Turk, Turk is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of hand forged pans completely formed from one piece of iron.
Hans Wegner (1914-2007) was a famous Danish furniture designer, who contributed to the popularity of mid-century Danish design.
Founded in 1939 by Moe Nadler as the Canadian Lady Corset Company, Wonderbra is a manufacturer of underwear, mostly known for having designed the push-up bra as we know it today.
Introduced in 1968 by Adidas for the 1968 European Football Championship, the iconic Telstar was the first football to be decorated with black pentagons.
Founded in 1891 by Édouard Blanchard, J.M. Weston is a French luxury leather goods company, renowned for its handmade shoes for men
The Castañer family has been making espadrilles since the early 19th century. In 1927, Luis Castañer and his cousin Tomàs Serra founded the brand’s first workshop.
Founded in 1898 by Wilhelm Abt, who would later take over manufacturer of forks Victoria, Freund Victoria is a leading manufacturer of garden tools.
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.
Originally introduced in 1934 by B. Aronstein & Co. in Flushing, New York, Dr. Ph. Martin’s manufactures the world’s most iconic watercolour ink.
Founded in 1959 by brothers Romeo, Pietro and Agostino Galimberti, Flexform SpA designs, produces and markets furniture and furnishing accessories.
Born in Vyborg, Finland, Kaj Franck (1911-1989) is considered the conscience of Finnish design. He removed everything excessive in his designs, leaving only the essentials.
Founded in 1935 by David M. Clark, David Clark Company has pioneered air and space crew protective equipment, with products ranging from headphones to anti-G suits.
Founded in 1914 by John Ryan and George Deike as Mine Safety Appliances, MSA was originally a manufacturer of safety appliances for the mining industry.
Founded in 1954 by corset-maker Ada Masotti, La Perla is an Italian luxury company, mostly known for redefining lingerie as a fashion accessory.
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.
Founded in 1781 by William Asprey as a silk printing business, Asprey is a manufacturer of leather goods, jewellery, silverware and home goods.
Founded in 1889 by Hamilton Carhartt, Carhartt is an American clothing company, mostly known for its work clothes such as jackets, overalls and coveralls.
Founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad IKEA is a the world’s leading manufacturer and retailer of ready-to-assemble furniture.
Founded in 1855 as Grossberger & Kurz Bleistiftfabrik, Schwan-Stabilo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pens and highlighter pens.
Based in Northampton, England, and founded in 1890, Edward Green makes the finest shoes in the world ‘for the discerning few’.
Founded in 1984 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo, M·A·C· (an abbreviation for Make-up Art Cosmetics) is a cosmetics manufacturer, mostly know for its lipsticks.
Introduced in 1958 by Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen (1902–1971), the Swan chair is one of his most iconic pieces of furniture.
Founded in 1909 by Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, Chanel is a high fashion house that specializes in haute couture and ready-to-wear clothes, luxury goods and fashion accessories.
Founded in 1884 by Karl and Nicolas Elsener, Victorinox is the biggest manufacturer of pocket knives in the world, mostly known for its Swiss Army knives
Founded in 1892 by French chemist Claude Chavant, Chavant produces the most iconic non-drying sculpting clay.
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’.
Founded in 1896 by Conrad Hubert as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company, Eveready is a leading manufacturer of battery brands.
Designed in 1987 by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, the eight-digit ET66 calculator from Braun is a true icon of modern design.
Founded in 1885 by Reginald Turnbull and Ernest Asser as a gentleman’s hosiery shop, Turnbull & Asser is a gentleman’s bespoke shirtmaker.
Founded in 1924 by A.F. Siebert in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Tool Corporation is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools for professional users.
Founded in 1925 by Adele and Edoardo Fendi, Fendi is an Italian luxury fashion house, specialized in fur and leather goods.
Founded in 1979 by Roger Cleveland as ‘Cleveland Classics’, Cleveland Golf is a manufacturer of golf equipment, mostly known for its innovative wedges.
Originally founded in the 1920s in the United States, Noma was the largest manufacturer of holiday lighting in the world.
Founded in 1962 by drummer Jim Marshall as a shop selling drums, Marshall Amplification is the world’s leading manufacturer of music amplifiers, and speaker cabinets.
Born on 1 August 1936 in Oran, French Algeria, Yves Saint Laurent was one of the greatest names in fashion history.
Founded in 1918 by Sentarō Kuwahara as a small family enterprise, the Kuwahara Bicycle Company started business by selling bicycle parts wholesale.
Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was a famous Finnish architect and designer and is mostly known for his natural and organic furniture and glassware designs.
In 1982, Peter Rasch invented a device that could automatically clean a swimming pool. He decided to work with Maytronics to develop the world’s first robotic pool cleaner.
Egon Eiermann (1904) is one of the most important German designers and architects of his generation. His classic task table is much sought-after and popular with architects.
Founded in 1932 by Jacob Bloch, Bloch is one of the most prestigious dance brands, mostly known for its unequalled pointe shoes.
Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, L.L.Bean is an American retail company, specialized in recreational clothing and outdoor equipment.
Introduced in 1879 by dr. Joseph Lawrence, a chemist in St. Louis, Missouri, Listerine is the world’s first antiseptic mouthwash.
Founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès in Paris, Hermès is a fashion brand, specialized in leather goods, luxury goods and ready-to-wear.
Founded in 1876 by Fritz Henkel, Henkel AG & Company is a German chemical and consumer goods company, active both in the consumer and industrial sector.
Founded in 1905 by Maurice Goudard and Marcel Mennesson as a manufacturer of radiators, Solex is mostly known for launching the first powered bicycle, the VéloSoleX.
Founded in 1835 by Louis Vuitton as a small company crafting travel bags and luggage, Louis Vuitton today is one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands.
Founded in 1990 by interior designer Alessandro Agrati, Culti is a manufacturer of home fragrances, credited for inventing the reed diffuser.
Designed in 1957 by Max Miedinger with help from Eduard Hoffmann, Helvetica is one of the most iconic typefaces of the 20th century.
Founded in 1868 by Linus Yale Jr. and Henry R. Towne, Yale is a leading lock manufacturer and inventor of the pin tumbler lock.
Founded in 1908 by Marquis Mills Converse, Converse is an American footwear company, famous for its iconic All Star high top sneaker.
Founded in 1890 by Alfred Grace Thompson, Kookaburra is a sports equipment company, mostly known for manufacturing the most iconic cricket ball.
Founded in 1866 by John Lobb, John Lobb Bootmaker Ltd. is a manufacturer of luxury shoes and boots for men.
Founded in 1970 and taken over by Trevidea in 2011, G3Ferrari is an Italian manufacturer of kitchen appliances, mostly know for its home pizza oven.
Founded in 1926 by P. Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver Goldsmith is an eyewear manufacturer, mostly know for revolutionizing the world of sunglasses.
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.
Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.
Founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833, LeCoultre was a manufacturer of watches and clocks in Le Sentier, Switzerland.
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.
Founded in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, Penguin Books is a British publishing house, mostly known for its iconic paperback books.
Designed in 1944 by Hans Hilfike and manufactured by Mobatime for the Swiss Federal Railways, the Swiss Railway clock is an icon of modern design.
The metal spring-jointed nutcracker as we know it today is invented in 1913 by Henry Marcus Quackenbush.
Founded in 1920 by Joseph Johnson and William Seidemann as the Snap-on Wrench Company, Snap-on is a manufacturer of high-end tools for professional users.
Founded in 1911 by Carl A. Grundén, Grundén is the most iconic manufacturer of durable foul weather garments.
Introduced in 1924 by International Cellucotton Products Company, Kleenex is the world’s first facial tissue.
Founded in 1958 as a companion company to J.W. Foster and Sons (est. 1895), Reebok is an athletic footwear and apparel company, specialized in fitness.
Founded in 1949 by Heinz Kettler, Kettler is a German manufacturer of riding toys, exercise equipment and garden furniture.
Founded in 1823 by cobbler William Gilbert, Gilbert is the leading manufacturer of sports equipment for rugby union and netball.
Founded in 1786 by Benjamin Woolfield, who was later joined by Charles Deakin, Deakin & Francis manufacture the most iconic cufflinks around.
Founded in 1867 by Théophile Winckelmans, Winckelmans is a worldwide leader in the production of porcelain and vitrified tiles.
After working with his father, the famous shoe designer Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi decided to launch his own collection of women’s shoes in 2006.
Founded in 1974 by Mike Sinyard, Specialized is a manufacturer of high performance bicycles, mostly known for introducing the world’s first mountain bike.
Designed in 1958 by Jørgen Rasmussen as an office chair for Kevi A/S, the Kevi 2533 swivel chair is the most iconic task chair.
Founded in 1982 by textile mogul Ely Callaway Jr., Callaway Golf Company is a leading manufacturer of golf equipment.
Diane von Fürstenberg, born Diane Simone Michelle Halfin, is a fashion designer mostly known for her iconic wrap dress.
Founded in 1761 by Kaspar Faber, Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest and oldest manufacturers of pencils and art supplies.
Launched in 1968 as a vibrating massager for relaxing sore muscles, the iconic Hitachi Magic Wand is generally seen as the mother of all vibrators.
Founded in 1937, Volkswagen AG is a German car manufacturer headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Founded in 1893 as a gentlemen’s outfitter, D. Lewis Ltd is the oldest British motorcycle clothing company, mostly known for its leather jackets.
Founded in 1960 by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza, Artemide is an design company, specialized in the manufacture of lighting.
Founded in 1947 as a metal workshop, Igloo Products is one of the largest manufacturers of ice chests and beverage dispensers.
Founded in 1793 and operated and owned by the Max Sauer family since 1859, Raphaël is the oldest fine art brush maker in Europe.
Founded in 1949 by Adolf ‘Adi’ Dassler, Adidas is a designer and manufacturer of sports shoes, clothing and accessories.
Founded in 1945 by Earl Silas Tupper, Tupperware is the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic containers used to store food.
Founded in 1960 by Carl-Wilhelm Edding and Volker Detlef Ledermann, Edding is a manufacturer of writing and marking tools.
Founded in 1830 by James Smith, James Smith & Sons is one of the world’s oldest manufacturers of walking sticks and umbrellas.
Founded in 2001 by Stefano Ferrara, a third generation oven-maker, Stefano Ferrara Forni is the manufacturer of the most iconic professional pizza oven.
Founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling, Breitling SA is a Swiss watchmaker, mostly known for its precision-made chronometers useful to aviators.
Founded in 1924 by August Bremicker, Abus (an acronym for August Bremicker und Söhne) is the world’s leading manufacturer of bicycle locks.
Founded in 1966 by John Bowers, Bowers & Wilkins is a manufacturer of audio equipment, mostly known for its loudspeakers.
Founded in 1874 by Alfred Stöckli as a copper workshop in Uznach, Stöckli is the manufacturer of the most iconic fondue heater.
Founded in 1918 by C.N. Williamson and E.E. ‘Colonel’ Dickie as the US Overall Company, Dickies is a leading manufacturer of workwear.
Founded in 1909 by Adolf Feller, Feller SA is a manufacturer of electrical installation products and market leader in Switzerland.
Founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman as Woodman Labs Inc., GoPro is an American technology company mostly known for its action cameras.
Founded in 1895 in Germany, Hoechstmass is the world’s leading manufacturer of tape measures and roller tape measures.
Founded in 1866 by Alex Beggin the Scottish town of Paisley, Begg & Co handcrafts exquisite scarves, stoles and throws.
Aino Maria Marsio-Aalto (1894-1949) was a Finnish architect and designer, and wife of famous architect Alvar Aalto.
Founded in 1777 by William Kent, G.B. Kent & Sons are the world’s oldest brush manufacturer.
Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker.
Founded in 1935 by Alfred Kärcher, Kärcher is the world market leader in cleaning technology, mostly known for its high-pressure cleaners.
Founded in 2004 by Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami, Common Projects is an American/Italian luxury footwear company.
Founded in 1981 by Gerard Karsten, Karsten is the manufacturer of the world’s first inflatable tent.
Founded in 1892 by Rhys Jones in Wales, Corgi is a manufacturer of finer quality socks.
Founded in 1944 by Wilton C. Dinges, Emeco is a manufacturer of furniture, mostly known for its aluminum Navy chair.
Founded in 1850 by Jacques Henry as a small pottery workshop, Emile Henry is a manufacturer of ceramic ovenware and bakeware products.
Initially, a roadster was an American term for a two-seat car with no weather protection. By the 1970s, usage of the term evolved to open two-seat cars of sporting appearance or character.
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.
Founded in 2005 by Rob Jungmaven, Jungmaven is the world’s leading manufacturer of hemp apparel. Jungmaven is trying to change the fashion industry by using eco-friendly materials.
Founded in 1977 by Jake Burton Carpenter, Burton Snowboards played an important role in turning snowboarding from a backyard hobby into a world-class sport.
Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) studied architecture and cabinet-making and is considered the most influential designer of postwar Japan.
Founded in 1992 as Aero Products International, Aerobed is the leading manufacturer of premium, technologically-advanced air beds.
Founded in 1855 as Grossberger & Kurz Bleistiftfabrik, Schwan-Stabilo is the world’s largest manufacturer of highlighter pens.
Founded in 1956 by Arnold Fulton, Fulton Umbrellas is the UK’s largest manufacturer of umbrellas. In 1967 Fulton launched its iconic Birdcage umbrella.
Founded in 1887 by Frank Smythson, Smythson of Bond Street is a British manufacturer of luxury stationery and leather goods.
Founded in 1830 by John Rich and Daniel McCormick, Woolrich, Inc. is the oldest manufacturer of outdoor wear in the United States.
An immense favorite among espresso purveyors worldwide, FAC Porcellane ACF made the classic Italian espresso cup.
Sorel was introduced in 1962 by A.R. Kaufman, whose family business Kaufman Rubber Co. started making boots in 1907.
Founded in 1873 by Graziano Appiani in Treviso in 1873, Appiani is one of the oldest manufacturers of tiles in the world.
Founded in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot in Le Locle, Zenith is a Swiss luxury watchmaker.
Founded in the 1950s by Maria Wöss, Eisbär is the world’s most iconic manufacturer of knitted ski hats.
Gerrit Thomas Rietveld (1888–1964) was a Dutch architect, furniture designer and one of the principal members of the artistic movement De Stijl.
Founded in 1949 by Robert Gilmour as Gilmour Manufacturing Company, Gilmour is the leading U.S. watering brand.
Founded in 1933 in Detroit by Joseph Buegeleisen, Buco was a manufacturer of motorcycle jackets, mostly known for its iconic J100 café racer jacket.
Founded in 1887 by Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schweder, two Germans living in Portugal, Claus Porto is a manufacturer of soaps, bath salts and aromatic candles.
Founded in 1971 by Roger Saul and his mother Joan, Mulberry is a manufacturer of leather goods, specialized in bags and handbags.
Sori Yanagi (1915–2011) was a famous Japanese product designer, who updated traditional Japanese forms for the modern age.
In 1550 a pan-hammer mill was founded in Ybbsitz, Austria, which developed into a flourishing metal working business.