Icons with Character: Design Classics from the Manufacturer Archives

This year at the Salone del Mobile trade fair, which turns Milan into the epicentre of design each year, there were some blasts from the past. Whether these were furniture that was already produced or previously existed only on paper or in small editions, manufacturers (somewhat unusually in unison) turned to the classics from their own or external archives.

Designs from Gerrit Rietveld, Verner Panton, Enzo Mari or Charlotte Perriand bring a mid-century, seventies or Memphis flair into living rooms which previously would have come from vintage galleries. Our rekindled love of teak and steel, cosiness and striking silhouettes is reigniting the popularity of these icons. Their renaissance is more than a simple transfer, however – modern textiles and new colour variants are bringing them into today’s material world.

With an up-to-date design, the modern classics are the perfect companion to current interiors. They have already proven to be timeless.

Eileen Gray from Ireland designed the daybed back in 1925. Whereas the classic design comes in steel with black leather, at ClassiCon it now has a black frame and coloured covers. Credits: Manufacturer ClassiCon authorised by The World Licence Holder Aram Designs Ltd.,

In actual fact, the Pantonova modular seating furniture from Verner Panton was designed for the James Bond film “The spy who loved me”. It is now available once again at Montana. Photo Credits: Montana

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