German industrial designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld was trained in silversmithing, design, engraving and modelling.
At the Bauhaus workshop in Weimar, Wagenfeld collaborated with Karl J. Jucker on the famous Bauhaus Table Lamp (1924; Yale Table Lamp), which has a hemispherical frosted glass shade formerly only used in industrial lighting, cylindrical glass stem and a circular glass base. The Bauhaus Table Lamp is one of the most recognizable Bauhaus designs with its modern industrial design that possessed both functionality and inconspicuous beauty. The inner workings of the Bauhaus Table Lamp are clearly displayed in its glass shaft. It has been in production since the first handcrafted models went into production in 1983. The Bauhaus Table Lamp has been reworked numerous times over the years. Its construction and design were geared towards industrial mass production; Wagenfeld held the belief that everyday household items should be “cheap enough for the worker and good enough for the rich”.
Illustrious Norwegian interior designer Fredrik Kayser’s Model 711 (1960; Emerson Sofa in various armchair or seater options) stands out amongst his body of award-winning work and has retained its light, timeless looks over the years, fitting in both traditional and contemporary decors.
Charles and Ray Eames' Molded Plastic Chairs (1948-1950) were the first plastic chairs to be industrially manufactured, including the Desmond Chair, the Rada Armchair and the Maja Rocking Chair with its uncovered, cup-like seats and iconic wood and wire rocker bases.
The Panton Chair (1957-1967; S Chair) by experimental Danish designer Verner Panton is part of the Danish Culture Canon and has withstood the vicissitudes of popularity over time, in part thanks to supermodel Kate Moss who posed nude on it on the cover of British Vogue.