History of design

10 reissues of the 20th century design presented in 2020

An icon of the twentieth century, you know, is forever (or was it a diamond?). Yes, because there is nothing more current than a design icon, which has become such because it is perfect, because it has stood the test of time while remaining immune to the trends of the moment. For some years now, companies have been doing a work of recovering and enhancing the historical heritage by re-editing ...

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Design icon: the Pacha Lounge Chair by Pierre Paulin

Pierre Paulin was one of the most important French designers of the 20th century. The designer is famous and appreciated above all for the numerous chairs and armchairs he designed over the course of his long career. His seats were characterized in particular by the round shapes that embrace the body, thus guaranteeing the maximum comfort, and by the perfect proportions. In fact, Pierre Paulin ...

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Design icon: the Strips sofa by Cini Boeri for Arflex

In today's post I want to talk about one of the most important Italian female architect and designer of the 20th century : Cini Boeri, who recently passed away in her city, Milan. Cini Boeri, born Maria Cristina Mariani Dameno, graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in 1951. A pupil of Gio Ponti, she began a long collaboration with Marco Zanuso and then started her own practice in 1963, ...

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The Etcetera series: a Swedish icon that represents the distinctive design of the 70s

With its unique wavy silhouette and unrivaled comfort, the Etcetera series (easy chair, lounge chair and footstool) has conquered the design world ever since the 70s when it was originally designed by Jan Ekselius. Back in the 1970s, Jan Ekselius crafted the Etcetera chair as a prototype for his school’s workshop at the Royal College of Art in London. With its unmistakable shape, organic ...

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Eclisse and Atollo: the two iconic lamps by Vico Magistretti

This year marks the centenary of the birth of Vico Magistretti, one of the most important architects and designers in the history of Italian design. Vico Magistretti, in his career, has won the Compasso D'Oro three times: the first in 1967 with the Eclisse lamp by Artemide, the second in 1979 with the Maralunga sofa by Cassina and the third, in the same year, for the Oluce Atollo lamp. And ...

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