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What are the design classics of the future? Who better to ask than the capital’s most prominent creatives,
who tell Joanna Taylor which contemporary pieces will stand the test of time

Founder of 8 Holland Street


I adore my battered Anglepoise designed by car suspension designer George Carwardine in 1931 and largely unchanged since. This is Dyson’s 21st-century version offering a sleek aesthetic, dimmable task lighting and promise of a 60-year lifespan. Long live the light. Dyson CSYS task light, from £400

Industrial designer


I fell in love with the Ettore Mule in cast iron, designed by Konstantin Grcic for Magis and its 40th anniversary in 2016. It’s an usual material for Magis, which is normally associated with plastics. For me it’s a future classic and will stand the test of time. It has a very strong stance and an endearing head angle, which is very expressive without being too cute. Many designed animals are playing on their cuter elements; this doesn’t. It can be used as a doorstop or a decorative item — mine sits in a large glass cabinet alongside an array of eclectic artefacts collected over the years.

Furniture designer

christian watson

I think that the Duo Seat + Lamp by Muller Van Severen will stand the test of time. I love the proportions and its simplicity, which align closely with my own work. It uses its chosen materials elegantly and creates a lovely clean and unique space within your home.

Creative director and homewares designer

matilda goad

I’m mad about the Muller Van Severen x Hay tables. It’s a simplistic design but with a marriage of bold colours, which is something that is at the core of my design ethos, it creates an element of excitement. I always feel that a successful design is adaptable and considered, elegant yet cool, and this definitely is. Launching in Nov

Founders of Campbell-Rey

Duncan Campbell and Charlotte Rey

Inspired by the beach modernism of the Fire Island Pines neighbourhood near New
York, Blue Green Works has designed the Palm floor lamp in olive green, hand-rolled, kiln slumped glass sheets. We love
the elegant lines and the
crafted but subtle profile, so sumptuous yet so sleek.
A future classic for certain.

Founder of Oswalde Shop

Jenna Fletcher

Nifemi Marcus-Bello’s LM stool defines a nexus between resourceful and thoughtful design. It epitomises his ‘for us by us’ attitude; it is productive yet reductive. I’m convinced we’re going to be scouring auctions in 2057 searching for a rare early LM stool. Should I start hoarding them?

Creative director of Barlow & Barlow

lucy barlow

India Mahdavi is a design maverick and will be remembered for generations as a real original. So it stands to reason that her products will be lusted after for years to come. I’ve loved her Bishop stools since I first laid eyes on them. Originally designed in 1999 as bar stools for an NYC club, they are now offered in lots of sizes and in lots of colours. Based on the shape of a bishop in a chess set, they work in so many spaces both inside and out.

Designer and curator

Jermaine Gallacher

Anything by Viola Lanari. Queen of plaster and true original, Viola makes everything with her own fair industrious hands in her south London studio (which just so happens to the most beautiful studio in the city). What I love most about her work is that no two pieces are the same. With so much design being off the peg and machine-made, Viola’s work is a homespun breath of fresh air — just like the artist herself! Viola’s creations are available from my showroom and website.