Collection by Olivia Martin

The Making of Modern Furniture

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We chat with the designers and the factories who produce some of the most iconic pieces of furniture. Plus, learn the real cost of rip-offs.

The Osso chair's component parts, laid out in an oddly anthropomorphic arrangement. Image courtesy of Studio…
The designer in his iconic Risom lounge chair.
Inga Sempé stands aloof and alight by both the tall and short versions of the Lampe Plate for Cappellini in 2001.
The physically taxing job of assembling the final product is most frequently handled by men in the factory, but…
At the Fritz Hansen factory in Denmark, a worker inspects the paint finish of a Series 7 chair in front of a wall…
Here's how a designer makes money: One day she dreams up a chair. She spends months developing the concept, selecting…
Eero Saarinen The junior Saarinen’s debut as a furniture designer—at age 20—came with a commission for most of the…
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