Tag Archive for Design Classics

Design Classics #45: Barber Wilsons Taps

traditional taps from Barber Wilsons

This classic tap is designed by Barber Wilsons This classic tap is found in homes up and down the country. It even has a place in at least one of the Royal Palaces, as the company, which was founded in 1905, holds a royal warrant to supply kitchen taps and bathroom mixers to HM the…

Design Classics #43: Artek Stool

Design Classic: the artek stool

Created in 1933 by the Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, this quintessentially functional piece of furniture celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The simple stool, which has become a design classic, is recognisable by its distinctive bent legs and round seat. This style would eventually become the feature of all Aalto furniture. There is also a…

Ten Of The Best … Trolleys

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Who doesn’t love a trolley? When even Chris Evans devotes a whole section of his Radio 2 breakfast show to the trolley, you have to wonder if the trolley is ripe for a comeback. Be it the humble office trolley rattling into the room, or those old fashioned dessert trolleys found in restaurants and tea…

Design Classics #21: The Russell Hobbs K2 Kettle

Think of a kettle and the chances are that something chrome and curved springs to mind. Probably with a red button sticking out of its black plastic handle. This is the Russell Hobbs K2. The world’s second (the first was their K1) fully automatic kettle. A item which has achieved iconic design status and which…

Design Classics #20: The Chesterfield Sofa

There’s no doubt the Chesterfield sofa is a classic. No-one would dispute that it has earned its place as a design icon. But there is some confusion in how it came to be so named and why that has come to be a shorthand way of describing a deep-buttoned, leather-covered sofa. Paul Fleming, the fourth…

Design Classics #19: Arne Jacobsen AJ Lamp

Admittedly it’s a crowded field but the Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen is regarded as one of the most influential of the 20th century. Alongside Verner Panton (that moulded S chair), Hans Wegner (the wishbone), Poul Henningsen (the artichoke) and not forgetting (for the technology buffs) Bang & Olufson, Jacobsen is well known for…

Design Classics #16: Marimekko Unikko Fabric

It’s probably one of the most recognised fabric designs in the world. Huge splashy poppies in a variety of colours adorning umbrellas, bags, tea trays and bedding. And yet Unikko, from the Finnish design company Marimekko, only came about when a designer dared to defy her boss. Armi Ratia, the creative vision behind Marimekko, bought…