We generally define designers by their most famous works.
For an iconic designer there are generally touchstones of their career—think Frank Gehry and The Guggenheim Bilbao, or Arne Jacobsen and the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. While these are designers many of us admire, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to commission our very own international art museum or hotel to showcase our affinity for them.
Thankfully, many great designers work with brands to take their renowned visions to a smaller scale, creating home goods that bring their magic into the every day. Here are 5 favorite pieces that bring the work of celebrated designers to the tabletop, bar and more.
Plum Cocktail set by Tom Dixon
He’s relatively new to the who’s who of design compared to a few others here, but Tom Dixon is hardly a rookie in good design. The Tunisian-born Dixon designed for prolific brands like Foscarini and Cappellini before settling with his own company in 2002, creating a wide-ranging collection focused on metals, rich textures and clean, bold forms. The Plum Cocktail Set perfectly captures his iconic look.
Cylinda-Line Coffee and Tea Collection by Arne Jacobsen for Stelton
Arne Jacobsen has made some of the most iconic designs on the 20th Century. Often cited as the father of Mid-century modern Danish design, his forms are still faithfully produced by brands like Fritz Hansen, Louis Poulsen and Georg Jensen. A bit of that classic throwback style has a place at Sunday brunch with the Cylinda-Line Coffee and Tea Collection.
Sea Things Tray by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra
The most influential couples of the mid-century movement, husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames are best know for their iconic furniture designs including a prolific history with brands like Herman Miller and Vitra. The Sea Things Tray displays their uncanny knack for keeping design playful, relevant and totally functional.
Anna Gong Folding Cake Stand by Alessandro Mendini by Alessi
A post-modern master, Alessandro Mendini is world renowned in the world of modern design, not only for his body of work, but also his theories on design. He has had a long and fruitful collaboration with Italian design house Alessi, producing many playful designs, like the Anna Gong Folding Cake Stand, which fills any tabletop with elegant whimsy.
Wine Breather Carafe by Norm Architects for Menu
The design duo of Kasper Rønn and Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen make up the team of Norm Architects. Working in interior design, architecture and industrial design they bring a cool, Scandinavian simplicity to all of their work. The Wine Breather Carafe works not only as a decanter, but an active aerator as well. Not to mention it’s pretty enough to keep on display.