Fave 5: Everyday Icons for Modern Decor

Written by Cody

For the self-avowed design nerd, owning an item from by your favorite designer is a special thing. Unlike going to a headline concert or an iconic gallery, owning a piece of design can give you joy every single day.

Many architects and designers have taken their talents to product design–but if you can’t swing a full-size chandelier or splurge on a lounge chair for your living room, there are a few everyday ways to get your fill of your favorite designer’s work.

Here are five small-scale favorites that add a special piece of design (and bring serious style) to your space:

Ruutu Vase Collection by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Iittala

ruutu-vase-collection-by-iitalaFrench-born brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have consistently earned acclaim for their designs for brands like Vitra, Cappelini and FLOS. Their new Ruutu Vase Collection by Iittala is an experiment with space and color, and creates a fully customizable look to add the perfect modern centerpiece for your table, sideboard to mantle.

AC 01 Alarm Clock by Jasper Morrison for Punkt

ac01-alarm-clock-by-punktKnow as an industrial design powerhouse, Jasper Morrison’s designs are make the simple sublime–such as Flos’ iconic Glo Ball collection and a kitchenware collection for Alessi. The slim shape and clean lines of the AC 01 Alarm Clock for Punkt make it a elegant addition to any nightstand.

Knowledge in the Brain Bookends by Karim Rashid for Menu

knowledge-in-the-brain-bookends-by-menuRenowned for his curvaceous designs and soft shapes, Karim Rashid designs for the world he wants. He’s mastered the art of merging nature and technology into ultra-modern designs. His Knowledge in the Brain Bookends are a striking profile on a shelf of desk, whether they’re bookending your knowledge or not.

Aalto Vase by Alvar Aalto for Iittala

alvar-aalto-vase-by-iitalaAs a cornerstone of Scandinavian modernism and a designer of post-industrial Finland, Alvar Aalto put his mark on many fields. The form of the classic Aalto Vase can stand on its own sans flowers or elevate a perfect bouquet (it’s one of our favorite things to gift a design aficionado).

Sunburst Clock by George Nelson for Vitra

starburst-clock-by-vitraGeorge Nelson was the man behind many of the touchstone items that we think of when we hear “mid century.” And nothing sets off a space and style sense like a Nelson clock. The Starburst Clock for Vitra is one of the most iconic and delivers the flair like nothing else.

About the author



Cody Torgersrud is part of the sales team, which works directly with customers who call and email in. When not remodeling his 1950s bungalow, Cody enjoys refinishing vintage and antique furniture as well as binging on British TV.

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