10 design pieces as iconic as they are expensive

Masterpieces that made design history as soon as they were created, works of art produced by industry, and other objects of desire from the top end of the market.

The person to whom you are planning to send a Campana bros’s Boa as a gift should have at least three characteristics: they should be a pleasure lover, have at least 7 square metres of free space in their living room, and show very little embarrassment towards what we might call important gifts.

Without delving into the hyper-uranium world of collectibles, unique pieces and limited gallery series, having discovered that the concept of “design gift” is a very broad expression encompassing all levels of affordability — even below 100 euros — we now explore that asteroid belt in the industrial design market, where many undisputed icons are located. 

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Fernando e Humberto Campana, Boa, Edra, 2002 (image via edra.com)

Objects whose value (and price) got its definition as the history of architecture and design itself was being constructed, or true instant classics with a disruptive value, or even objects born form art — be it conceptual or plastic — to later meet the path of industry.  The Eames’ experiments, starting with plywood prostheses and accomplishing in the deconstruction of traditional British armchairs, or Ingo Maurer's messy piles of light bulbs and goose feathers.

Considered as investment pieces, they connect the economic value to a partially material counterpart (the piece, the quality, the materials), a discourse that in times of NFT might be close to obsolescence: but while waiting to move definitively into a metaverse, indulging in the velvet coils of the Boa just to stay lounging close to a Veliero loaded with books and objects might still make sense.  

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