Rediscovering interior design classics

The “Lounge Chair” from the husband-and-wife design team of Charles & Ray Eames is an iconic piece of 1950s furniture, and an attention-grabber in any setting.

Thanks to relaunches and reinterpretations, classics of interior design are enjoying a revival. But how can you even recognise a design classic? Through its timeless beauty that transcends ephemeral fashions and its capacity further accentuate any interior.

For quite some time now, there has been an ongoing trend to surround ourselves with design classics. It is closely related to the rediscovery of the mid-century style, based on typical interiors of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Timeless pieces of furniture dating back to this period are particularly popular – items that have never gone out of style and have also become the prized possessions for subsequent generations. Even if you haven’t been lucky enough to inherit an original item of classic furniture, you still have the opportunity to surround yourself with new versions of these style icons.

Bauhaus classics

Particular favourites in 2019 are design classics that were created by the famous Bauhaus school in the 1920s and 1930s. To mark 100 years since the founding thereof, several anniversary editions of celebrated pieces are being produced. Manufacturers are also offering new items of furniture that have been inspired by Bauhaus designs. All of the pieces have on thing in common – the minimalistic design focusing on the principles of simplicity and functionality.

Home furnishing tips for design classics

Although impressive designs also serve as a reflection of their conceptual era, what distinguishes classic items is their ability to adapt to almost any environment. So, don’t make the mistake of combining design classics solely with similar objects from the same time period, as this can easily create an atmosphere that appears sterile – and at worst museum-like. After all, lamps, decorative objects and items of furniture are not supposed to be regarded as museum pieces, they are intended to serve as lifetime companions. Light traces of wear and tear, on the “Lounge Chair” from Charles & Ray Eames, for example, only enhance the authenticity of design furniture – like a patina on aged wood. Don’t hesitate to combine a design classic with contemporary items or objects from completely different eras. Due to its striking appearance, the designer piece will remain the centre of attention.

Where to buy design furniture

Unfortunately, as with any other collector’s piece or luxury article, there are also forgeries when it comes to designer furniture. If you purchase pieces from a certified online shop or directly from the manufacturer, you can generally assume that it’s a genuine article. Of course, the cost is also an important indication of authenticity. After all, genuine design has its price, and there’s little likelihood of a discount.

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