When you think of high-design interior design, you might automatically associate it with a certain type of home – one made with sleek glass, concrete and metal details. But truthfully, the world of home decor design is far more diverse than that. You don’t need an ultra-minimalist home to incorporate design classics. You can choose from a wide variety of styles, or simply make your own creative interpretation of a time-honored design.
There’s added good news in the fact that top-quality reproductions of famed pieces are now available at far more affordable prices. Whether you’re updating your decor or starting from scratch in a new home, consider how you can creatively integrate these classic pieces by renowned designers.
Thonet bentwood chairs: The idea of strength through simplicity brought these chairs into existence. Designer Michael Thonet first brought his unique bentwood chair design to life more than 150 years ago using just six pieces of wood, 10 screws and two washers. Nothing in the design has changed since. The elegant curving lines and rich wood make Thonet chairs the perfect option for virtually any decor. They can fit seamlessly into a French country atmosphere or even add a softening organic touch to more modern spaces.
Saarinen Tulip tables: Also known as the “Tulip” table, Finnish designer Eero Saarinen’s iconic table rises on one graceful pedestal, much like the flower does. The round base echoes the circular top for a harmonious look, but you can also get creative with this classic. Switch out the round top for an oval to accommodate even more diners, or choose a marble top for a luxe appearance that dresses up any room. Because the table is so simple in its design, a wide variety of chairs look great alongside it.
Le Corbusier LC4 chaise lounge: There are two looks to this classic chaise, making it easier to incorporate it into a variety of interiors. The polished metal frame is a hallmark of Le Corbusier’s furniture designs. However, you can opt for the cushion to be made in soft Italian leather (perfect for minimalist style) or in multi-colored cowhide, which adds organic texture and color variations to give the piece a slightly softer look.
Jacobsen chairs: If you’ve struggled to find chairs for your dining room table, Arne Jacobsen’s ultra-simple designs are a surprisingly versatile option. With metal legs and a single piece of wood molded into a surprisingly comfortable seat and back, Jacobsen chairs are unobtrusive and can be customized to suit your decor. Choose from a variety of colors and even upholstered versions to suit your needs.
Whether your taste runs toward contemporary furniture or designs of decades gone by, it’s easier than ever to incorporate classics by famed designers into your home.