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Sheridan Coakley on design classics

Published: March 17, 2015

Category: Culture

Sheridan Coakley’s take on design classics for Elle Decoration’s ‘industry insiders’ feature.

‘A design classic is a functional object that was created in a previous generation but still works and looks good. That’s it. It’s not nostalgic about a past era that has become fashionable again. Most pieces that we regard as classics were designed when a new material or manufacturing technique came along, such as plywood (Alvar Aalto), tubular steel (Marcel Breuer) or injection-moulded plastic (Jasper Morrison). All of the designs that come after a classic are just variations, pastiches and bad copies. My top three classics are the “Air-Chair” by Jasper Morrison for Magis [(1); 1999], which is modern yet timeless; the cast-aluminium Stanley knife (2), which is functional design at its best; and the current version of the Honda Cub motorcycle (3). It has been in production since 1958 and while it has changed a little, it is still true to the original.’

See the full feature here.