10 Iconic Design Objects from Mid-Century, Postmodern, and Contemporary Designers

Eames Elephant: Originally created by legendary Charles and Ray Eames in 1945, the first Eames Elephant combined the duo’s love for these gentle giants with the molded plywood fabrication techniques they were pioneering at the time.

POPek The Pooping Balloon Dog: Modern pop artist Jeff Koons made headlines when one of his balloon dog sculptures fetched one of the highest prices for artwork by a living artist in history.

Gufram Cactus: Guido Drocco and Franco Mello created the iconic Cactus in 1972 – a perfect reflection of its adventurous era, viewed through the charismatic lens of pop art.

Lucie Kaas Kokeshi Dolls: Designed by SKETCH.INC for Lucie Kaas, the Kokeshi doll collection consists of individual wooden figurines inspired by historical figures and pop culture icons.

Rise and Shine Mirror: Since its debut, the Rise & Shine mirror by Hunting & Narud has become a contemporary staple and a favorite for decorators and concept visualizers alike.

Fornasetti Wall Plate: The illustrious 19th century opera singer Lina Cavalieri has taken an unlikely place in history – as a design icon.

Philippe Starck Juicy Salif: Although controversial as a juicer, Juicy Salif is an undeniable icon of modern design.

Kostick Foldable Star: John Kostick transformed his education in physics and mathematics into an enduring icon of modern design with his foldable, collapsible, and geometrically fascinating collection of stars.

Nelson Ceramic Clocks: George Nelson is considered one of the definitive figures in the world of mid-century modern design – not only for his unforgettable furniture, but also for his numerous iconic clock designs.

Flensted Mobile: The first Flensted mobile was created in 1953, a simple arrangement of storks created to celebrate the christening of Christian and Grethe Flensted’s first daughter.