10 Classic Midcentury Pieces That Will Never Go Out of Style

10 Classic Midcentury Pieces That Will Never Go Out of Style

By Samantha Ramirez
These timeless, iconic midcentury furnishings will elevate the look of any space—and they’ll earn you brownie points from anyone with a keen eye for design.

Midcentury modern furnishings are worth the investment—not only because they’re stylish, but also because they’ll last for generations to come. Classics by brands such as Herman Miller and Knoll have withstood the test of time in the fast-paced design world, and they’re flexible enough to fit in a wide range of interiors today. Read on for 10 must-have midcentury design staples.

Noguchi Table
With its curved wood base and free-form glass top, this accent table by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi blurs the divide between art and furniture. The now-iconic design was nearly stolen: Noguchi submitted a mockup to furniture maker T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings before...
Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman
It’s no surprise that Charles and Ray Eames spent much of their careers investigating molded plywood—but when they introduced their lounge chair and ottoman in 1956, they immediately made history.
Louis Poulsen PH 5 Mini Pendant
The PH 5 Mini Pendant by Louis Poulsen was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 to create glare-free light. With multiple finishes to choose from, hanging the pendant anywhere is easy. The pendant uses three shades.
Artek Stool E60
One of Artek's best sellers, Stool 60 has limitless applications and lasting appeal. This L-leg stool features legs made of solid birch reinforced by thin pieces of plywood that are glued where the leg is bent, making it extremely durable. Stackable, portable, and offered in eleven finishes.
Knoll Wassily Chair
Some designs never age, and the Wassily Chair by Knoll is the perfect case study in this brand of timelessness. Framed in tubular steel, it's a characteristic creation of designer Marcel Breuer, who became intrigued with this material after purchasing his first bicycle.
FLOS Arco Floor Lamp
The Flos Arco Floor Lamp is a modern design classic that is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The large dome-shaped spun aluminum shade dangles at the end of a curved stainless steel stem, which arches out of a heavy block of white marble.
Knoll Saarinen Round Dining Table
When Eero Saarinen was designing his Pedestal Collection in the 1950s, he promised to find an alternative to the constricting undersides of tables and chairs at the time.
Knoll Barcelona Chair
When Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was chosen to create the furnishings for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona, he designed an iconic chair that many may not realize was born with royal roots.
Herman Miller Nelson Saucer Pendant Lamp
Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 to 1972, once said, “Every truly original idea seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” And then he blew the doors off lighting design.
Hans J. Wegner Wishbone Chair
Designed specifically for Carl Hansen & Søn in 1949, Hans J. Wegner's Wishbone Chair (CH24) was the last part of his series that combined a chair's arms and top rails into one piece. The series was inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming Dynasty chairs.
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