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Ten designs that have stood the test of time

Staying power is a particularly rare thing. Collections of tables, chairs and mirrors slip in and out of our memories like dreams. Even the biggest sensation of the year frequently becomes a vague imprint mere months later.

What determines a design’s ability to mark a generation? Universal appeal? Exclusivity? Luck? Perhaps all of the above, but a handful of designers have successfully reached the status of icon. Some of their designs have been staples since their conception, and certain are only recently seeing the light of day, like Charlotte Perriand’s La maison au bord de l’eau that Louise Vuitton presented at Design Miami.

We’ve selected a handful of reinvented, reworked and rediscovered designs from some of our favorite icons.

DU 55 by Gastone Rinaldi (1954)

DU 55 by Gastone Rinaldi (1954)


Dornstab 18 by J.T. Kalmar & A. Pöll (1947)


Bowl Chair by Lina Bo Bardi (1951)


Spanish Chair by Børge Mogensen (1958)


LC4 by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret (1965)


Eames Storage Unit by Charles & Ray Eames (1949)