[With our recent lobby redesign, I was able to add some pieces classic design pieces that I've loved for years and add them in small doses throughout the space. When making a large investment, companies want to be sure that in 2 or even 10 years, that the design isn't going seem dated. After all, this is one of the first things that a vendor, customer, or perspective employee associates with your company. First impressions matter. So I asked my friend Mary at Regency Shop - to write a little about their most popular furniture pieces and why they're considered timeless, and perfect for corporate environments. -MM]
The Furniture That Does Not Seem to Age
How is it that some pieces of furniture just never seem to go out of fashion? What is it that makes these pieces so special; or never seem to depreciate in value? They seem to be designs that are timeless and in constant demand. Why?
Let us consider four of the most popular pieces….
Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. It was originally designed for the German Pavilion, that country’s entry for the International Exposition of 1929, which was hosted by Barcelona, Spain.
This chair is a sleek designed chair that provides maximum comfort to all those who sit on it. First designed in 1929 by Ludwig Mies Rohe and Lilly Reich it was originally produced for the German pavilion. Back to the present day and this chair has not lost any of its charm or character. Its minimalistic style fits in to any home or apartment where comfort is a priority.
Designed by Finnish furniture designer Eero Aarnio in 1963, more recent versions have increased the overall size and added features including MP3 player integration.
Eero Aarnio Chair Ball Chair
The chair itself has a circular and curved futuristic style which could be what makes this chair a one of a kind. Made from fibreglass, the chair provides 360 degree movement on a swivel base. This chair can provide the sitter with privacy as the chair surrounds them helping to block out surrounding sound, providing peace and tranquillity. The ball chair was originally designed in the1960’s by well renowned designer Eero Aarnio. To this day this chair is as popular as ever and can be seen in many affluent homes throughout the world.
The collection has been in continuous production since its introduction, highlighting the ever-growing interest by collectors of mid-century modern design.
The platner table was first designed in 1966 by architect and interior designer Warren Platner from Baltimore. His career first commenced in architecture which can be seen through his interior designs; especially this table which is created out of steel rods with a glass top surface and curved based to match in with the overall circular theme. What makes this piece different to all the others is the fact that it is transparent and will fit in with any décor in the home. From back in the 1960’s to the present day this is one of the most sought after tables.
[Platner himself outlined the definition of a ‘classic’ as being, “something that every time you look at it, you accept it as it is and you see no way of improving it”.]
“Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.” Corbu himself said, when designing chairs. And while this may LOOK like a sofa to you, he basically considered the LC-3 a large chair since it was a variation on the LC-1 and LC – 2 chair. ”Fauteuil grand confort, grand modèle”= “great comfort sofa, large model”
The Corbusier sofa, aptly named after its designer Le Corbsuier is a sofa that looks ultra modern even to this day. With its clean cut edges and rectangular design you would not think that this had first been designed in the late 1920’s. Many modern sofa designs have been replicated from this piece in order to provide the minimalistic style that some seem to prefer.
What all of these pieces have in common is that they were designs that could be said to be ‘way ahead of their time’ as they are all still as popular as ever and this trend looks set to continue in the future. Whichever piece you decide on, you can be guaranteed that it will stand the test of time.
[Thanks Mary at Regency Shop - for your help in writing this piece! If you're asking yourself what any of this has to do with back-painted glass, antique mirror, and Dreamwalls, be sure to check back this coming Wednesday for an unveiling of our new corporate lobby that features a bit of timeless design as well. ]