10 DECADES OF
ICONIC INTERIOR DESIGN

An authoritative guide to 20 essential designs of the times


Chairs, tables, lamps … come in all shapes and styles. Only a few are classics. This guide celebrates 20 truly iconic designs.

Scroll through this page and you’ll see and learn about these classics. Influential interiors experts and a panel at Hillarys chose the designs for their timeless aesthetic and cultural impact.

Defining a design classic is contentious. The items in this history will stir opinions. Join the debate on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ by using #designclassics.


1920s

Model No. B3 Wassily chair

1925 to 1927
Marcel Breuer


1927 Eileen Gray Side Table

E 1027 side table

1927
Eileen Gray

1930s
1933 Bialetti & Ponti Moka_Express

Moka Express

1933
Alfonso Bialetti and Luigi De Ponti

1939 Holger Nielsen Vipp bin

Vipp bin

1939
Holger Nielsen

1940s
1942 Ray & Charles Eames Leg splint

Leg splint

1942
Ray and Charles Eames

1946 George Nelson Platform bench

Platform bench

1946
George Nelson

1950s
1955 Eero Saarinen Tulip Table

Tulip table

1955 - 1956
Eero Saarinen

1956 Lucian Ercolani Ercol Studio Couch

Ercol studio couch

1956
Lucian Ercolani

1960s
1960 Dieter Rams Shelves

606 Universal Shelving System

1960
Dieter Rams

1961 Bridget Riley Movement in Squares

Movement in Squares

1961
Bridget Riley

1970s
1970 Verner Panton Amoebe Chair

Amoebe chair

1970
Verner Panton

1975 Robin Day Polo Chair

Polo chair

1975
Robin Day

1980s
1981 Ettore Sottsass Room Divider

Carlton room divider

1981
Ettore Sottsass

1988 Tom Dixon S Chair

S chair

1988
Tom Dixon

1990s
1990 Philipe Starck Juicy Salif

Juicy Salif

1990
Philipe Starck

1990 Ray & Charles Earnes La Chaise

La Chaise

1990 (designed 1948)
Ray and Charles Eames

2000s
2005 Tom Dixon Lampshade

Copper pendant

2005
Tom Dixon

2009 Cini Boeri Curved Ben Ben

Curved Ben Ben

2009
Cini Boeri

2010s
2010 Sam Wilkinson Lightbulb

Plumen 001

2010
Sam Wilkinson

2012 Seletti Vegaz Lights

Vegaz lights

2012
Seletti

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