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January 2, 2009
Originally published in Designers at Home

Blazing a trail through the canon of design, these 25 artisans worked to make some of the modern era’s most recognizable furniture, lighting, and objects. From the sculptural pottery of Eva Zeisel to the ceramic tableware of Edith Heath, from the earthy comfort of a Cini Boeri sofa to the laser-cut precision of Louise Campbell, here are some of our favorites from a century of covetable goods.

Tea service by Marianne Brandt

Marianne Brandt, Tea service, 1924.

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E1027 table by Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray, E1027 Table, 1927.

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5 Chore jacquard wall hanging by Gunta Stölzl

Gunta Stolzl, 5 Chore jacquard wall hanging, 1928.

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Black Board rug by Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray, Black Board rug, 1930.

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Town and Country shakers by Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel, Town and Country shakers, 1945.

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Grasshopper lamp by Greta Grossman

Great Grossman, Grasshopper lamp, 1947.

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Dover Sun House by Eleanor Raymond

Eleanor Raymond, Dover Sun House (with Maria Telkes), 1948.

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Coupe line by Edith Heath

Edith Heath, Couple line, 1948.

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House of Cards by Ray Eames

Ray Eames, House of Cards (with Charles Eames), 1952.

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Classic Century sauce boat by Eva Zeisel

Eva Zeisel, Classic Century sauce boat, 1952.

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Mexique bookshelf by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé

Charlotte Perriand, Mexique bookshelf (with Jean Provué), 1953.

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Benches by Florence Knoll

Florence Knoll, Bench, 1954.

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Walnut stools by Ray Eames

Ray Eames, Walnut stools, 1960.

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Oval tile by Edith Heath

Edith Heath, Oval tile, 1960s.

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O'Hare International Airport Tandem sling seating by Ray Eames

Ray Eames, O'Hare International Airport Tandem sling seating, 1962.

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Componibili modular storage by Anna Castelli Ferrieri

Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Componibili modular storage, 1969.

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Strips sofa by Cini Boeri

Cini Boeri, Strips sofa, 1972.

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Rhythm wall hanging by Gunta Stölzl

Gunta Stolzl, Rhythm wall hanging, 1973.

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4794 lounge chair by Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti, 4794 lounge chair, 1975.

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Teapot and creamer by Gae Aulenti

Gae Aulenti, Teapot and creamer, 1980.

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Stump table by Lucia Mercer

Lucia Mercer, Stump table, 1982.

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Serenissimo table by Lella Vignelli

Lella Vignelli, Serenissimo table, 1985.

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Compas dans L'oeil table lamp by Andrée Putman

Andrée Putman, Compas dans L'oeil table lamp, 1994.

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Otto dining chairs by Paola Navone

Paola Navone, Otto dining chairs, 1998.

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Stones seat by Maya Lin

Maya Lin, Stones seat, 1998.

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Resolve office system by Ayse Birsel

Ayse Birsel, Resolve office system, 2000.

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Prince chair by Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell, Prince chair, 2001.

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Caboche ceiling light by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto

Patricia Urquiola, Caboche ceiling light, 2005.

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Fracture series by Ineke Hans

Ineke Hans, Fracture series, 2007.

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Moël armchair by Inga Sempé

Inga Sempé, Moel armchair, 2007.

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Series ZH door handle by Zaha Hadid and Woody Yao

Zaha Hadid, Series ZH door handle, 2007.

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Fungo stools by Paola Navone

Paola Navone, Fungo stools, 2008.

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Morgans chair by Andrée Putman

Andreé Putman, Morgans chair, 2008.

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Tropicalia swing by Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola, Tropicalia swing, 2008.

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W103c light by Inga Sempé

Inga Sempé, W103c light, 2010.

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My Storage by Ineke Hans

Ineke Hans, My Storage, 2011.

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Polder sofa with Maharam fabric by Hella Jongerius

Hella Jongerius, Polder sofa with Maharam fabric, 2012.

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LC Shutters lamp by Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell, LC Shutters lamp, 2012.

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Tokyo outdoor chaise by Charlotte Perriand

Charlotte Perriand, Tokyo outdoor chaise, 2012.

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Tea service by Marianne Brandt

Marianne Brandt, Tea service, 1924.

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