Design That Dared: 8 Pieces That Changed Furniture Forever

A look back at a century’s worth of essential—and sometimes forgotten—items that challenged the status quo of interior design.

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‘Egg’ Chair and SAS Royal Hotel, Arne Jacobsen, 1958

This did not single-handedly rewrite the design rule book (although it implements tricky manufacturing expertise), but the larger project it was part of certainly did. The Egg was designed by Danish legend Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, a total work of art that saw him create everything from furniture to cutlery, from crockery to the building itself. The hotel today is not in the best shape, and so the Egg remains a souvenir of the world's first design hotel.