Top five reissued designs
Ottagonale coffee set by Carlo Alessi
Reissued: 2010 by Alessi
“The normalcy of these household objects has always struck me,” says Alberto Alessi, president of Alessi and Carlo’s son.“ They were heavily influenced by an obsessive attention to function, proper manufacturing methods and production costs.” This stainless steel coffee set was one of the first Italian mass manufactured designs.
Potence wall lamp by Jean Prouvé
Reissued: 2002 by Vitra
This lamp was originally designed for Prouvé’s Maison Tropicale concept prefab houses. Eckart Maise, Vitra’s chief design operator, says: “We added it to our collection because it is a great wall lamp and sculpture at the same time.”
Mole sofa by Sergio Rodriguez
Reissued: 2010 by ClassiCon
Still the ultimate lounge sofa, the curved tauari wood frame supports a piece of upholstered leather, which drapes over the arms. It’s now having a second life thanks to German manufacturers ClassiCon. “Mole is the most comfortable piece of furniture on the market,” says Oliver Holy, CEO of ClassiCon.
Minikitchen by Joe Colombo
Reissued: 2006 by Boffi
Just half a cubic metre in size, the original Minikitchen was on wheels and had one power socket. Boffi relaunched the design, upscaling it but keeping the original features. “We realised this was a very modern project – a small kitchen, suitable for our times, as houses get smaller and space has to be properly organised,” says Boffi’s CEO Roberto Gavazzi.
Aoba Mon series by Masahiro Mori
Reissued: 2006 by Hakusan
When Masahiro Mori designed his Aoba Mon (Blue Leaf pattern) series for Hakusan Porcelain in 1965, the intricate design proved tricky to reproduce and the prototypes were left to languish in a warehouse. Forty years later Hakusan revived the design and it is now a firm favourite.