5 Modern Icons of Furniture Design

From Decorex to PAD, were it not for the pandemic, October would have been high-season for London’s top furniture and design shows. Not to be defeated, this month we thought we’d share some icons of modern design with you that will certainly offers some interior inspiration, should you be considering a home makeover. If things couldn’t get any better, then all of the designer furnishings we’re sharing are currently on sale for astonishing value by our friends at LOT.


1. “Nido” chair from Estudio Persona

A unique piece of design, this Nido chair is the result of playing with the juxtaposition of shapes. The egg-like shape of the leather-upholstered wood seat nesting in the cross-shaped solid wood frame, gives it the name Nido, meaning nest in Spanish. The Nido’s strong lines of the base in white oak brings style and stability without sacrificing comfort in the contrasting rounder shape of the soft leather seat. (Estudio Persona c.)

Estudio Persona was created by Emiliana Gonzalez and Jessie Young in 2014. Working as part of a deeply collaborative process, their unconventional designs are inspired by natural forms and follow sculptural lines; a distinctly neutral and minimal take on the monochromatic melancholy of their native Uruguay.

Quote LOT 400 – when enquiring about this piece.


2.  Frog Chair by Piero Lissoni

The Frog is an iconic product designed in 1995 by Piero Lissoni and considered the pioneer of low, wide seats and a new, more relaxed way to live. Its harmonious proportions and sense of understated luxury are the distinguishing elements of Living Divani, a dynamic Italian family run business.

In 1998 Piero Lissoni formed a strategic alliance with the company and since then, has expressed the firms unmistakable style discreet, neutral in its forms, light and dynamic with a well-balanced and essential design that combines clean lines and shapes with ergonomics and comfort. His highest goal is simplicity as a way of thinking, as an attitude that holds a great inner complexity. With understated ease, all his designs scale down and get to the essence of things.

The Italian born architect, Piero Lissoni has established himself as one of most notable names is contemporary design for his clean, Industrial aesthetics. His approach begins from a humanistic vision that, for him, is the only one that would make sense to a true designer no matter the medium. The Frog chair, low to the ground with wide legs to support its generous seat and slightly reclined back, offers an inviting place to unwind.

Quote LOT 290 – when enquiring about this piece.


3.  Florence Knoll Leather Bench Seat

This is a lovely example of the the design classic Knoll “Florence” leather bench. Like so many of her ground breaking designs that became the gold standard for the industry, Florence Knoll’s 1954 lounge collection has made its way into the pantheon of modern classics. The Knoll Studio logo and Florence Knoll’s signature are stamped into the base of the frame to guarantee authenticity. It can be used as a bench, ottoman or coffee table.

Quote LOT 406 – when enquiring about this piece.


4.  “Kate” Sofa from Fest Amsterdam

A lovely yellow wool made to order Kate sofa by Fest Amsterdam. Barely used and covered in yellow wool Kvardrat fabric with a beech frame.

Founded in 2013 by Femke Furnee FEST is an interior brand that offers affordable, high-end design and the best possible service. Their furniture collection is entirely made in Europe – the majority within The Netherlands. This enables close contact with our factories and smoothly manage the quality of the furniture. They work with talented product designers. Newcomers & old timers. Big names & talented freshmen.

Quote LOT 402 – when enquiring about this piece.


5. Charles Sofa (Antonio Citerrio for B&B Italia)

The name, Charles is a tribute to 50’s and 60’s design and gains its name from legendary designer Charles Eames who created some of the most popular designs during the mid-twentieth century. The Charles sofa was designed and created in 1997 by Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and is universally known as the protagonist of modern lifestyle.

Charles is B&B Italia’s best-seller, and rightfully so. This contemporary sofa features a distinctive lightness, both from its body and chrome inverted “L”- shaped feet. The body is crafted from B&B Italia’s signature tubular steel internal frame which is covered in comforting flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam. This body is then blanketed with B&B Italia’s stylish and luxurious fabrics or leathers, but if you’d like this item upholstered in a custom fabric then LOT can have this arranged for you.

Quote LOT 627a – when enquiring about this piece.


Almost Essential recommends using LOT to buy and sell second-hand, high-quality, modern designer furniture from a trusted source. Their online service saves a great amount of fuss and unpredictability that’s comes with using the auction houses to acquire or let go of furniture that’s no longer needed. To discuss buying or selling furniture on their platform, you can reach out to them directly via their profile on Almost Essential here.