Helen Maria Nugent: Classic Contenders - Part One

Helen Maria Nugent: Classic Contenders - Part One

Janel Laban
Aug 20, 2007

A highlight of our Spring Design party was the lecture/slide show put together and presented by Helen Maria Nugent. A professor and designer, Helen Maria got the crowd thinking about what makes a classic and which contemporary designs may be considered a classic in the future.

Characteristics of a classic: Unique and of its time. Manufacturing differs from similar offerings. Easily identifiable and memorable. Innovative in its function, aesthetics, materials and technology. Inspires imitation and evokes the "got to have it" reaction.

Without further ado, Part One of Ms. Nugent's classics and her choices for their modern contenders...

The Classic:

Tizio Lamp by Richard Sapper

The Contenders:

Halley Lamp by Richard Sapper for Lucesco

Leaf light by Yves Behar for Herman Miller

el.e.dee by Ingo Maurer

The Classic:

Alvar Aalto Savoy Vase for Iittala

The Contenders:

Mistic Candleholder by Arik Levy

Airborne Snotty Vase by Marcel Wanders

Transglass by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

The Classic:

Storage Unit by Charles and Ray Eames

The Contenders:

Shelving by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Cloud by Cappellini

D2 by Blu Dot

We thought Helen Maria's presentation was fun and fascinating...her choices were thoughtful, the reasons why she choose them were enlightening and she pointed us in the direction of great work of designers both familiar and new.

Look for Part Two of the Classic Contenders post next week at this time, featuring hanging lamps, side chairs, side tables and sofas.

A huge thanks to Helen Maria for sharing her design expertise with all of us at the Spring Design Party!

(Re-edited from a post originally published 04.18.07)

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