In attempting to determine what pieces of modern furniture today will be design classic tomorrow it is imperative to understand what is a design classic, and what makes one?
Today we consider the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Table by Eero Saarinen, and the PH5 lamp by Pol Henningsen to be design classics. All of these pieces were designed over 50 years ago but are still as relevant to our lives today as they were way back then. And the reason is that each of these pieces used new technology for their time and pushed the materials beyond their limit to create pieces that are modern and stylish, but are more importantly, symbolic of their era – the1950’s.
We asked the design guru Heidi Dokulil (The Parcel Group), the design curator Brian Parkes (Associate Director ,Object Gallery) and The Sydney Morning Herald Young Designer Of The Year 2005 Isobel Scanlon to each choose a piece that they predict will be a design classic in 2055.
Heidi chose the Flo Chair designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2004.
Brian chose the Vasse Vase designed by Australian Marc Pascal in 1996.
Isobel chose the Garland Light by Tord Boontje in 2001.
And Shannon’s pick for the future? The Ruth Rocker no.1 by New Zealander David Trubridge designed in 2004.
Shannon’s tip is to buy them now, enjoy living with them for the next 50 years, love them and look after them. That way you will always have them which will save yourself having to scour auctions for them later.
Egg Chair $8,267 from Corporate Culture
PH5 Lamp $1,182 from Corporate Culture
Tulip Table 1200mm diameter $3,435 from Dedece
Garland Light $125 from Dedece
Flo Chair $910 from Space Furniture
Vasse Vase $240 from Object Gallery
Ruth Rocker no.1 $1,649 from FY2K