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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.

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  Marianne Brandt, Tea service, 1924.

    Marianne Brandt, Tea service, 1924.

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  Eileen Gray, E1027 Table, 1927.

    Eileen Gray, E1027 Table, 1927.

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  Gunta Stolzl, 5 Chore jacquard wall hanging, 1928.

    Gunta Stolzl, 5 Chore jacquard wall hanging, 1928.

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  Eileen Gray, Black Board rug, 1930.

    Eileen Gray, Black Board rug, 1930.

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  Eva Zeisel, Town and Country shakers, 1945.  Courtesy of           .

    Eva Zeisel, Town and Country shakers, 1945.

    Courtesy of .
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  Great Grossman, Grasshopper lamp, 1947.

    Great Grossman, Grasshopper lamp, 1947.

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

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

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  Edith Heath, Couple line, 1948.

    Edith Heath, Couple line, 1948.

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

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

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  Eva Zeisel, Classic Century sauce boat, 1952.

    Eva Zeisel, Classic Century sauce boat, 1952.

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

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

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  Florence Knoll, Bench, 1954.

    Florence Knoll, Bench, 1954.

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  Ray Eames, Walnut stools, 1960.

    Ray Eames, Walnut stools, 1960.

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  Edith Heath, Oval tile, 1960s.

    Edith Heath, Oval tile, 1960s.

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

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

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  Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Componibili modular storage, 1969.

    Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Componibili modular storage, 1969.

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  Cini Boeri, Strips sofa, 1972.

    Cini Boeri, Strips sofa, 1972.

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  Gunta Stolzl, Rhythm wall hanging, 1973.

    Gunta Stolzl, Rhythm wall hanging, 1973.

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  Gae Aulenti, 4794 lounge chair, 1975.

    Gae Aulenti, 4794 lounge chair, 1975.

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  Gae Aulenti, Teapot and creamer, 1980.

    Gae Aulenti, Teapot and creamer, 1980.

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  Lucia Mercer, Stump table, 1982.

    Lucia Mercer, Stump table, 1982.

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  Lella Vignelli, Serenissimo table, 1985.

    Lella Vignelli, Serenissimo table, 1985.

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

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

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  Paola Navone, Otto dining chairs, 1998.

    Paola Navone, Otto dining chairs, 1998.

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  Maya Lin, Stones seat, 1998.

    Maya Lin, Stones seat, 1998.

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  Ayse Birsel, Resolve office system, 2000.

    Ayse Birsel, Resolve office system, 2000.

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  Louise Campbell, Prince chair, 2001.

    Louise Campbell, Prince chair, 2001.

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  Patricia Urquiola, Caboche ceiling light, 2005.

    Patricia Urquiola, Caboche ceiling light, 2005.

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  Ineke Hans, Fracture series, 2007.  Courtesy of  .

    Ineke Hans, Fracture series, 2007.

    Courtesy of .
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  Inga Sempé, Moel armchair, 2007.

    Inga Sempé, Moel armchair, 2007.

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  Zaha Hadid, Series ZH door handle, 2007.

    Zaha Hadid, Series ZH door handle, 2007.

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  Paola Navone, Fungo stools, 2008.

    Paola Navone, Fungo stools, 2008.

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  Andreé Putman, Morgans chair, 2008.

    Andreé Putman, Morgans chair, 2008.

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  Patricia Urquiola, Tropicalia swing, 2008.

    Patricia Urquiola, Tropicalia swing, 2008.

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  Inga Sempé, W103c light, 2010.

    Inga Sempé, W103c light, 2010.

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  Ineke Hans, My Storage, 2011.

    Ineke Hans, My Storage, 2011.

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  Hella Jongerius, Polder sofa with Maharam fabric, 2012.

    Hella Jongerius, Polder sofa with Maharam fabric, 2012.

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  Louise Campbell, LC Shutters lamp, 2012.

    Louise Campbell, LC Shutters lamp, 2012.

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  Charlotte Perriand, Tokyo outdoor chaise, 2012.

    Charlotte Perriand, Tokyo outdoor chaise, 2012.

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Tea service by Marianne Brandt

Marianne Brandt, Tea service, 1924.

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