Now that we are well into the 21st century, it’s time to look beyond old staples, such as the Eames lounger and Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chair, and uncover fresh favourites for the modern home. We take a look at popular designs from some other established designers, and hand-pick 30 creations that will likely grow to become the new Mid-Century icons of this millennium.
1. RO ARMCHAIR
A 1.5-seater that allows you to relax with your child, computer or newspaper next to you, the spacious Ro is designed by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon for Fritz Hansen. The sleek chair is ergonomically designed with no sharp or rough edges – reﬂ ecting our desire for a lifestyle that is unfettered and free.
Fritz Hansen Ro chair, from $5,220, W.Atelier.
2. BANKER LAMP
Nostalgia never goes out of style! These lamps were named for the Shanghainese bankers who would crunch numbers by them late into the night during the 1930s. Nearly a century later, the lamp retains its appeal, while boasting updates to its base and stem.
Banker desk lamp, $328, Scene Shang.
3. CABOCHE LIGHTS
Designed by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto for Foscarini, the Caboche is a series of lamps with a band of sparkling chromed metal and glass spheres. Copied extensively since their launch, these lights are now a common sight in many homes.
Foscarini Caboche lamps, from $755, Xtra.
4. BREAK STOOL
We can’t be happier that a locally designed stool has become a household name around the world. Through that simple slice in the plywood, prominent local designer Nathan Yong discovered a way to get the material to bend in two directions at once, creating an ergonomically curved seat that is more comfortable.
Break stool, $480, Grafunkt.
5. HORSE LAMP
Is it any wonder that this lamp with a life-sized horse is recognised worldwide? An intriguing amalgam of art and furniture, it weighs 65kg and is designed by Swedish design studio Front as part of Moooi’s Animal collection in 2006.
Moooi Horse lamp, $7,630, Space Furniture.
6. PEAK SOFA
Homeowners love this sofa because of its generous proportions and simple form. Danish furniture brand Wendelbo collaborated with Danish design studio 365° North in 2016 to design the Peak sofa. It offers comfort and cosiness without being ostentatious – perfect for Scandinavian-style homes. Add leatherstrapped headrests to the piece for more support and a touch of contrast.
Wendelbo Peak modular sofa, from $2,590, Made&Make.
7. FLOS IC LIGHT
Designed by Michael Anastassiades, this light involves a balancing act. The 30cm glass sphere sits on a satin-ﬁnished brass stand in a seemingly unstable position that creates a unique design narrative.
Flos IC light, from $660, Space Furniture.
8. RABBIT CHAIR
We love this bunnyshaped seat as much as we adore cute cat videos on Youtube. Designed by Stefano Giovannoni for his online plastic furniture brand Qeeboo, the Rabbit Chair is available in a myriad of fun hues – it even comes in a Baby size.
Qeeboo Rabbit chair, from $238, Journey East.
9. BEOPLAY A9 SPEAKER
Bang & Olufsen broke the mould when it launched this wireless speaker, which looks like a mix between a piece of furniture and a black hole. Remove the fabric cover and you will even ﬁnd component parts arranged in a neat Fibonacci pattern.
Beoplay A9 speaker, $3,530, Bang & Olufsen.
10. BINIC TABLE LAMP
There is a sense of playfulness in this compact table lamp designed by French designer Ionna Vautrin, who was inspired by the silhouette of a lighthouse. Judging by its popularity, this nautical accent is a clear winner.
Foscarini Binic table lamp, $305, Xtra.
11. COMPONIBILI SHELF
The round Componibili by Kartell is a well-loved storage solution that has made its way into offices, bedrooms and bathrooms. It is stackable, sleek and has a distinctive yet understated form that is easy to match.
Componibili shelf, from $170, The Design Store by Lifestorey.
12. STRAP MIRROR
We’ve seen it countless times in homes featured in this magazine, but we still love this circular Strap mirror by Hay because of its simple yet distinctive rubber strap. Deﬁnitely a must-have designer collectible.
Hay Strap mirror, from $380, Grafunkt.
13. SAM SON CHAIR
This unusual chair looks like it could’ve been moulded from Play-Doh. German designer Konstantin Grcic created this plastic piece with a tube-like back and armrest in 2015 for Italian furniture brand Magis. It is iconic simply because it is unlike any other chair around.
Magis Sam Son chair, $895, Xtra.
14. DOMINO COFFEE TABLE
Designed by Nicola Gallizia for Molteni&C in 2005, the Domino coffee table was created as part of a system of padded poufs and linear shelves that can work as standalone pieces, or as a complementary set with other furniture in the range.
Molteni&C Domino Next coffee table, from $2,301, exclusively at P5.
15. JASPER SOFA
Designed by King Living just ﬁve years ago, the Jasper is an award-winning sofa that is well-received by both homeowners and designers. This luxurious seat has an understated, contemporary feel, and is made of sturdy materials.
Jasper sofa, from $5,290, King Living.
16. RASKOG TROLLEY
Who says designer pieces have to come with a hefty price tag? This three-tiered utility cart from furniture giant Ikea is one of its most popular evergreen designs – it even has its own Pinterest board! Homeowners even started a petition to bring it back when talk of it being discontinued was circulated online. Phew!
Raskog trolley, $59, Ikea.
17. PALISSADE FURNITURE
This simple 13-piece collection of outdoor furniture by Hay would blend right in with your lush backyard. Developed over two years by French brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the line demonstrates that hardy furniture can come in visually stunning forms.
Hay Palissade furniture, price unavailable, Grafunkt.
18. HAIKU FAN
Ceiling fans were known for being clunky, noisy and inelegant, until Haiku came along in 2012. The brand revolutionised ceiling fan designs by off ering new perspectives, and combining artistic sensibility with efficiency effectively. Its curvilinear design is not just about aesthetics, but also incorporates an aerodynamic proﬁle for maximum airﬂow.
Haiku fans, from $780, Big Ass Fans.
19. BERTOIA DIAMOND CHAIR
When it debuted in the 1950s, the Knoll Bertoia Diamond chair stood out from the sea of wood furniture — a staple at that time. Its thin steel frame was bent into a ﬂuid silhouette, and its grid-like structure exudes a sense of lightness. It was designed by Harry Bertoia, who combined his skills as a sculptor with his knowledge on furniture to create this masterpiece.
Knoll Bertoia Diamond chair, price unavailable, Proof Living.
20. STAND MIXER
This all-purpose retro-looking kitchen mixer makes a statement with its unique design and vibrant colours. With various add-on attachments such as a whisk and pasta maker, it’s a great tool for budding home cooks and professional chefs alike. Whip up delicious meals for your family and friends!
Smeg stand mixer, $798, Robinsons The Heeren.
21. IKEBANA VASE
We’re not kidding when we say this vase designed by Jaime Hayon in 2016 is a game changer. The holes in the solid brass insert hold your blooms prettily in place, regardless of your ﬂoral arrangement skills.
Fritz Hansen Ikebana vase (in two sizes), from $145, W.Atelier.
22. UTILITY ARMCHAIR
Designed by Neri&Hu in 2016 for furniture maker Stellar Works, the Utility armchair mixes luxurious materials with a vintage aesthetic.
Stellar Works Utility armchair, from $938, exclusively at P5 Studio.
23. OAK LIVING DINING TABLE
Japanese brand Muji is the go-to label for homeowners desiring a minimalist and clutter-free lifestyle approach. This table is designed to ﬁt neatly into compact spaces, while evoking that zen-like atmosphere that is so chic now.
Oak Living dining table, from $649, Muji.
24. LINE MEDIA UNIT
Nathan Yong’s Line louvred media console was an instant hit when it was unveiled at the Milan furniture fair in 2012. Since then, it has garnered universal acclaim among homeowners everywhere because of its cool yet functional design.
Line Series, from $1,800, Grafunkt.
25. BRUNO DINING TABLE
This console by local brand Commune combines Art Deco elements with the much-loved rustic tropical style. The herringbonepatterned tabletop is easily recognisable and adds just the right dose of hip.
Bruno dining table, $1,299, Commune.
26. HUSK ARMCHAIR
Let’s be honest: This Patricia Urquiola chair is an oddlooking thing. Yet, it manages to be sophisticated and comfortable at the same time. It’s a hot favourite because of its laid-back look.
Husk armchair, from $4,505, Space Furniture.
27. MIRROR BALL LAMP
This chrome lamp kick-started a whole wave of demand for shiny metallic ﬁnishes when it was launched by Tom Dixon in 2003. It’s such a hit that 1,000 pieces are sold every month worldwide!
Tom Dixon Mirror Ball lamp, £235 (S$423), www.tomdixon.net.
28. AXOR STARCK V MIXER
Design legend Philippe Starck’s idea for a tap is a vortex of water spinning within a clear glass body.
Axor Starck V mixer, price on application, Hansgrohe..
29. PALETTE TABLE
Designer Jaime Hayon wanted to create a table that reﬂects its many uses (from dining to exchanging ideas), hence the different sizes, shapes and materials. Its unique look and style has made it a collector’s favourite.
Palette table, $2,860, Made&Make.
30. PIENI UNIKKO FABRIC
This ﬂoral print cotton fabric is as famous as its brand (Marimekko), maybe because it’s so cheerful looking, and can be used on almost any surface or upholstery.
Pieni Unikko fabric, $90/metre, Marimekko.