Chairs are a popular choice, since they tend to best represent a time period. As Cara McCarty, curatorial director at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, points out, "They relate to the architecture of the time. When new materials are being worked on, they're often tested on chairs."
Does it seem a little avant garde to call it classic? Don't count it out. Sometimes experimental thinking triggers a new design movement by planting an idea that will be refined and perfected by many creative minds. Architect Emilio Ambasz uses the metaphor of oaks and seeds. He says that certain iconic designs, like the Eames lounge, "are like big, strong oaks in the forest. They will last for many years, probably with many little descendants." But he recognizes that, "since 2000, I've only seen things that are more like seeds," that is, design that may not survive in its original guise, but is important because it gives rise to other creations." If, as the article suggests, my iphone is merely a seed of things to come, I can't wait to see what's next. With our ever-increasing pace of change — in technology, aesthetics and design — it won't be long.
You may be as surprised by some of the future classic picks as I was, but even if you don't agree, it will get you thinking about how we live now and how we'll live for the next 50 years.
Tell me, which items do you think will stand the test of time?
Read the whole article at the New York Times.
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