Every now and then, Pamono’s dedicated editors peruse our “What’s New” section to find pieces that might be of special interest to our community of design lovers. This month, we’re spotlighting vintage classics—the iconic designs commonly found in history books and major museum collections. We’re talking about the masters of modernism—Eames, Saarinen, Le Corbusier, and more—working in less-is-more materials like aluminum and tubular steel. These pieces embody everything everyone loves about industrial style.
Eames Boardroom Set with Vitra Table and Herman Miller Chairs
“Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?,” Charles Eames, design god, once asked. He was as wise as he was visionary. To this day, design experts agree that you can never go wrong with Eames-designed furniture.
Eero Saarinen Black Marble Tulip Table with Bertoia Wire Chairs
In 1961, Playboy famously published a photograph of the best designers of the day; included were George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Jens Risom, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Harry Bertoia. This sculptural dining set brings together two iconic greats of American modernism, as desirable today as they were when they were first conceived.
LC6 Dining Table with Textured Glass Top by Le Corbusier for Cassina
Le Corbusier was a pioneer of modernism who influenced the most celebrated designers of the midcentury era. He designed the pieces shown in this set in the late 1920s, before it was possible to mass produce them. Lucky for us, Italian brand Cassina took up the challenge many decades later, making it possible for mere mortals (i.e. regular people) to own and live with avantgarde Corbu creations.
Early 01FK Desk by Florence Knoll
This unusual specimen is a bit of a mystery, constructed in polished steel and flame maple. The underside is marked 01FK, and the form has much in common with both the Florence Knoll desk produced in the 1940s and with the Florence Knoll tables that are still produced by the eponymous company the designer ran with her husband Hans. But the configuration of the hanging drawers is unique. In any case, it’s a beauty that embodies the reserved elegance that set Ms. Knoll in the design pantheon for the ages.
Tulip Chair by Fabricius & Kastholm for Kill International
Preben Fabricius and Jørgen Kastholm are like the Eameses of Denmark, embracing organic forms expressed in industrial materials. Their Tulip Chair is among their most sought-after designs, casting an air of confident sophistication on the spaces where they make their home.
Jamaica Stools by Pepe Cortés for Knoll
Barcelona-born designer Pepe Cortés had a major hit with his Knoll-produced Jamaica Stools. The design embodied the 1990s neo-minimalist movement and are among a select few objects from the era that attained true icon stature.
Model B35 Armchair and Footstool Set by Marcel Breuer for Thonet
As Brutalist architecture has enjoyed a revival in the past few years, a new generation of designers have discovered the visionary work of Hungarian-born, Bauhaus-trained master Marcel Breuer. Like many of his contemporaries, Breuer’s earliest designs could not be put into production until the postwar era. This B35 Armchair, for instance, designed circa 1928-29, represented Breuer’s belief that chairs would one day be no more than a puff of invisible air supporting the human body. It took a while for companies to manufacture something so visually and materially light, so ahead of its time.
All photos © Cherished Designs UK
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Vintage Leather & Chrome Model B35 Armchair and Footstool by Marcel Breuer for Thonet, 1980s, Set of 2
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Bespoke 1969 Model JK 702 Executive Desk by Jørgen Kastholm for Kill International, 1960s, Set of 2
Boardroom Table & Leather Soft Pad Chairs Set by Charles & Ray Eames for Herman Miller & Vitra, 1980s, Set of 9