Theirs are the names that have transcended the field of design: Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, George Nakashima, Mies van der Rohe, among others, remain exalted cultural figures today precisely because they distinguished themselves as true visionaries. Independent thinkers and problem solvers, their designs were the result of material experimentation, technological innovation, and singular creative drive—and, nearly a century later, remain the gold standard to which all designers still aspire.
Architect, author, critic and designer, Poul Henningsen was a visionary whose contribution to lighting design can hardly be overstated.
The airy steel latticework that defines Harry Bertoia's outdoor seating collection for Knoll was informed by his experiments in sculpture.
A iconoclastic pedestal design, Eero Saarinen's Tulip table collection was introduced in the 1950's, but remains forever young.