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Future Classics

Imagine if you knew which modern objects would become the antiques of tomorrow. Lisa Roberts proves that you can indeed spot future classics if you know where and how to look for them.

  • What will be valuable 20 years from now? Roberts thinks that a future classic is something that represents the best of design in its time. One of the ways to spot them is to read magazines and to listen for who the hot designers are and what products they are making.

  • One of the most famous designers right now is Philippe Starck (considered the "bad boy" of French architecture because of his outrageous buildings). He also designs products and these fly swatters are called Dr. Scud. Perforations form a subtle person's face.

  • Karim Rashid, one of the most well-known industrial designers today, designed these "kissing" salt and pepper shakers that are just as exquisite when separated.

  • As you shop for future classics, do your homework. Read magazines and talk to store owners to see what's getting published and what's winning awards. That way you can find out what's hot today and what might be especially hot in the future.

  • This is called the "knotted rope chair" and it was designed by Marcel Wanders, an up-and-coming designer who uses technologies in a very unusual way. The material used is like macramé that's been knotted and coated in chrome. Weighing only three pounds, it can hold up to 175.

    Air chairs (plastic indoor/outdoor chairs) (Dane Decor Downtown)
    Louis XV ghost chair (clear chair), knotted rope chair, rainbow chair (Minima)
    thermos (Copco by Karim Rashid in fuchsia, gray, orange), Wovo trays, barware (corkscrew, bottle opener, jigger, bottle toppers and shaker) (Copco by Karim Rashid) (Foster's Urban Homeware)
    teapot (Michael Graves) (Target)

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