Modern classics furniture design is extremely rich in history, and during it's time sparked more than a little drama and debate. The designs, when they first appeared, were so ground breaking that they are still inspiring today's contemporary furniture designs. It is doubtful that modern classics will ever go out of style. Forged as they were by the mid-century modern era paragons of design, these pieces were exemplary examples of innovation when first conceived and are still topping today's charts as the best for their resilience and timeless concepts. Modern classics furniture is known for it's elegance and durability and as such many styles are common in high end commercial use.
When considering modern classics designers it is difficult to picture a more diverse designer than Eileen Gray. Studied and worked from one corner of the world to another, she is regarded as a skilled designers, a master of many mediums and a superb craftswoman. Her main focus were pieces that fit to many different movements, and her modernistic designs are considered some of her most brilliant work. The Eileen Gray adjustable side table is clearly as versatile and functional as it's designer. Serving as a brilliant side table for a living room it is also just as perfect for use in an office reception or at the bedside. The use of seamlessly jointed tubular steel and tempered glass gives this piece a timeless elegance that makes it work brilliantly in almost any room of the home.
When most modern interior designers think of international functionalism, Arne Jacobsen pops into mind. Combining modern elements of function and form the Egg Chair was originally introduced as a signature design for the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Combining a traditional 18th century wing back chair with a modernistic design concept, Arne Jacobsen realized a refreshing modernistic idea. A swivel base allows the recliner to turn toward or away from a communal area giving the user control in the level of privacy while lounging. Quality materials - polished stainless steel and wool/wool blend fabrics or leather - give you a decidedly sleek yet durable piece of art to add to your modern design theme.
A Danish cabinet maker, Hans Wegner went on to create some of the more important examples of mid-century modernist design. Claiming that a "..good chair is a task one is never completely done with" Hans Wegner worked extensively with chair design from the late 1940's well into the early 1960's. While he created many celebrated pieces, one of his more interesting designs is his Ox Chair. A concept born in 1960, the Ox chair hinted at a less serious side to it's designer. More of his prior work had been mid-century Danish, featuring a great deal of minimal upholstery and exposed wood frames. The Ox chair is a striking difference to those concepts with a large cushioned seat base and whimsical 'horned' headrest.
Coupling a deep affinity for nature and his experience of a skilled jeweler, Harry Bertoia's designs reflect his life's work to sculpting and they remain icons of modern furniture. In the early 1940's, Harry Bertoia (along with designers Charles and Ray Eames) created sculptural furniture that revolutionized the very idea of what a chair could be in regards to form and function. While these chairs were originally crafted from molded plywood and were indeed revolutionary, Harry Bertoia's most recognizable work is the Diamond chair. This latticework sculpture of steel fits the contours of the body and is remarkably comfortable.