Over the last few months we have published 25 design icons that have marked the history of furniture in the twentieth century.
We offer you a ranking with our 10 favorites (Italian version).
10th place: Ninfea chair
Designed by Gio Ponti and built by the Reguitti Brothers in 1958.
Just like the flower from which it takes its name, the Water Lily is a summer session, to be opened during the day, under the sun, and to be closed at nightfall… A chair to use after the emergency of these days to be clear.
9th place: Cubosphere
Designed by Alessandro Mendini and built in 1968 for Fidenza Vetraria, the Cubosfera is one of the many masterpieces of the eclectic Milanese architect.
8th place: Soriana sofa
Designed by Mr. and Mrs. Scarpa, this timeless icon was awarded the Compasso d’Oro in 1970 for the “complexity of the image achieved with constructive and technical means of remarkable simplicity and consistency”.
One of our absolute favorite sofas that combines beauty and comfort.
7th place: Chest of drawers DC 154
Designed by Carlo de Carli in 1963, it stands out among the most successful and interesting elaborations of those years.
The DC 154 is a refined piece of furniture with a clean and classic line; At the same time it has an eccentric and contemporary side that is revealed in the small details.
6th place: P40
Designed by Osvaldo Borsani and built by Tecno, the P40 is a “moving furniture” equipped with mechanisms that morphologically change their appearance according to the needs of the user.
Great classic, we love it.
5th place: RR 126 Brionvega
Designed in 1965, the radiofonograph is characterized by a style as unique as it is inimitable. Probably one of the most beautiful pieces of industrial design ever made by the Castiglioni brothers.
4th place: Medea
Produced since the 50s, over time they have become an emblem of Italian design of the 900.
Made of curved plywood and polished polyester, they have a special double curvature of the wood.
Almost our favorites.
3rd place: Lady
Designed in 1951 by Marco Zanuso and made by Arflex, the Lady is one of the most iconic armchairs of Italian design of the twentieth century.
Awarded with the gold medal at the IX triennale di Milano, it was immediately appreciated for its innovative features.
For us it is the queen of armchairs.
2nd place: Superleggera
A chair that can be lifted with a finger (only 1,700 grams) and that is practically indestructible. This is the 699 Superleggera designed by Gio Ponti and built by Cassina in 1957.
1st place: Arco
In first place in our top 10 design icons the Arco lamp designed by the Castiglioni brothers and made by Flos.
For us (and we are not the only ones who think so) Icon among Icons.