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A new year is the perfect time to invest in that iconic piece of design you've had your eye on.
Design classics are classics for a reason – they are carefully crafted from the finest materials and have striking designs that will look as good in the next 50 years as they do now. So we've put our heads together and come up with our top 5 ultimate design investments.
Designed by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1962, the Flos Arco Floor Lamp combines the finest materials with beautiful design. The instantly-recognisable 'arc' of the large-scale light makes this a modern piece that is as much of a work of art as it is a practical lighting solution. It has a base made from Carrara marble and a polished aluminium domed shade, which can be positioned at different heights. The Arco light has remained unchanged and the current production is exactly the same as the ones produced in 1962. The light's iconic status has been sealed by its inclusion in the permanent collection of the MOMA, in New York.
The Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman was designed by husband and wife Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. Initially produced for their filmmaker friend, Billy Wilder, as a birthday present, the design was instantly popular and has now become one of the most covetable designs by the American duo. Its soft leather upholstery and cherrywood frame makes this an item that is both luxurious and built to last.
Designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand in 1928, the Cassina LC2 is an identifiable icon of modernist design. It is part of the Cassina I Maestri (Cassina Masters) collection and is one of their most sought-after designs. The industrial look and boxy shape is what made the sofa so popular back in the 1920s and is also what makes it attractive today. Cassina use only the finest leathers to make the LC2 so it will be part of your home for many years to come.
The iconic-shaped Snoopy Light was designed by the same duo that designed the Arco floor light, and was first revealed in 1967. It has a white marble base and a black enamel reflector which provides a direct light, making it useful for all areas of the house. Its practical properties and innovative shape make this a timeless item that will be used over and over again.
The Tulip Dining Table was designed by Eero Saarinen in 1956 to clear up the 'slum of legs' in tables of the time. It was designed in a period where new materials and technologies were constantly being developed, so the Tulip Table benefitted from this. Its curved shape was breathtakingly advanced at the time and that modern feel is still present even today. It is part of a series by the Finnish-American designer that includes a chair and a coffee table.