20 home appliances that marked the history of industrial design

Over the last ninety years, they have written the history of design and changed our life for the better. Here’s our list of the most iconic home appliances.

Since the end of the Second World War, home appliances have contributed to the democratisation of design. At least up until the computer revolution of the 1980s, these objects were the symbols of the increasing modernity in our homes, unlike furnishing accessories, which were more exclusive and fashion oriented. During this long process, world-famous designers and planners have used home appliances to build their own "design language". As if they were little Trojan horses, they have brought into the houses of millions of people the promise of industrial modernity, a kind of modernity that has seen the historical contrast between arts and technology gradually fade. Since home appliances are intended - of course – to be put inside our sacred and beloved homes, they have always had to combine form and functionality to the point of becoming, in many cases, icons of an era. This concise anthology aims to retrace the history and celebrate the iconic nature of all the finest designer appliances, both from the past and the present, that still manage to stand out in the world of domestic technology.

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