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A second-generation Finnish-American architect, Saarinen was responsible for the futuristic TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport (1962), which dramatically sped up the flow of travellers while later being designated a historic landmark. This coffee table, though, was his solution to resolving the problem of clutter — its slimline marble table top sits on the tulip-shaped base so it looks like it’s floating in the air.
This contemporary classic constructed from flat planes angled together is as much a sculpture as a functional stacking chair. Educated at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, German-born Serbian industrial designer Grcic is the poster boy of new furniture design.