Become a little more cultured. It’s always nice to have some new discussion material for your next date.
When you’re in the presence of good design, you know it. Think about it like this: it’s like never knowing you needed a Cucinelli cashmere sweater until you finally put it on.
Just like you take the time to up your fashion game, you have to do the same for your abode. It’s about creating a space that reflects your style, so you can come home and feel damn good. Just like the blazers we put on our backs, the watches we put on our wrists and the espadrilles we’ll be wearing this summer, we live in it. We work on it, lounge on it and sleep on it, so why not put some serious TLC into your home base?
Now, let’s face it, IKEA’s great and all but if you want an investment piece with some serious heart, meticulous craftsmanship, and a rich history, look to the icons. They’ve changed the way we live and are just as modern and influential as the day they were designed.
Your quarters are a true reflection of yourself, so start putting your best foot—or design—forward. Start here; and take notes.
Designed for Herman Miller by husband and wife team Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Chair and Ottoman made their debut on the TODAY Show in 1956, making them 60 this year. Crafted from wood, aluminum and stainless steel, Charles Eames wrote that they were inspired by, “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt.”
Originally designed in 1968, legendary designer Jens Risom thinks of his piece as more of “a writing surface,” says the designer. “Let’s just call it a ‘desk’ in quotations.” The Risom Desk is perfect for small spaces and is made of American walnut or oak and topped with smooth chocolate leather.
George Nelson Associates designed the classic Sunburst Clock in 1949 in New York City for the Howard Miller Clock Company. This high-grade quartz clock is made of wood and metal, and comes in red, walnut, or a multicolor design.
With a model number for a name, Eileen Gray’s E1027 adjustable steel table looks as slick as a Tag Heuer chronograph. Ironically, it works as a great laptop table even though it was designed in 1927. It comes in chrome or matte black with clear or grey smoked glass.
For obvious reasons, the floating LC4 Chaise Lounge was nicknamed the “relaxing machine” because it mirrors the natural curves of the body. Designed in 1928 by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret, this emblematic furniture piece offers up infinite sitting angles thanks to its steel frame and plush leather, canvas, or cowhide upholstery.
Made in Burgundy, France in 1934 by metalworker Xavier Pauchard, the Mararis A Chair manages to be both heavy-duty and easy on the eyes thanks to its sheet steel frame that takes more than 100 manual operations to make.
Both understated and sophisticated, Isamu Noguchi’s coffee table was designed for Herman Miller in 1948 with one word in mind: simplicity. The base is made of two interlocked pieces of solid black, walnut, natural cherry, or white ash wood that support a thick glass surface. It’s arguably one of the most treasured pieces in the American design landscape.
The Arco Floor Lamp, inspired by a simple streetlight, was designed in 1962 by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Italian lighting company Flos. Its adjustable arc and swiveling light shade, plus its memorable cameo in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever make up for it weighing a whopping 78 pounds. It’s made of marble, stainless steel, and aluminum.
With these iconic designs as your foundation, start thinking about how you can transform your spot into a modern bachelor pad: one that shows that you care about yourself and your dwelling. There’s no time like the present, gentlemen.
Images courtesy of Design Within Reach and Jim Bastardo