Top Products Designers Use Over and Over (and Why)

Keep in mind: Price and stock could change after publish date, and we may make money from these links.
April 23, 2018
Related To:

Photo By: Sesha Smith, Convey Studios

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Photo By: Tessa Neustadt

Photo By: Suzanne Scott

Photo By: Anne Ruthman

Photo By: Marie Burgos

Photo By: Jessie Webster

Photo By: Cosmopolitan Hotel

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Chris Amaral ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeff Herr Photography

Photo By: Amy Bartlam

Photo By: Christy Dunbar

Photo By: Trina Roberts

Photo By: St Louis Magazine

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Photo By: Andrew Pogue Photography

Barcelona Chair

Ginger Curtis, lead designer at Urbanology Designs says, "We love the Barcelona Chair for its timeless designer appeal. It's one of those pieces that’s unfussy but well stated; it instantly elevates the feel of a room." We're with Ginger on this one, folks. BUY IT: Knoll, $5,991 or BUY SIMILAR: Wayfair, $422.50

Flokati Rug

White, fluffy and kid-friendly? No, we’re not talking about an adorable poodle mix, folks. Interior designers add forever-fashionable flokati rugs for their super-soft texture, neutral hue and versatility. Not to mention, they make for a crazy-cozy spot for playing on the floor. BUY IT: Overstock, $400

Luxe Lifestyle Photography

Long before the days of bloggers with highly-curated (and filtered) Instagram feeds, there was Slim Aarons. The illustrious lifestyle photographer found fame from capturing, as he said, "attractive people in attractive places doing attractive things." Interior designers incorporate prints from Aarons and modern-day luxury photographer, Gray Malin, to add a whimsical wow-factor to the wall. The vast collections of Aarons and Malin include striking, vibrant images that range from sun-soaked beauties in Saint-Tropez to the snowy, ski slopes of Colorado. BUY IT: Getty Images, prices vary

Fiddle Leaf Fig

The room-filling fiddle leaf fig remains a designer favorite. Lush and leafy, the fiddle leaf fig plant creates a fresh, airy feeling and provides a rich pop of green to energize any space. Bonus? It works for all interior design styles, whether real or faux. BUY IT: World Market, $179.99

Grasshopper Lamp

This sleek, of-the-moment floor lamp design was created in 1948 by Swedish architect, designer and all-around girl boss, Greta Magnusson Grossman. Grossman’s Grasshopper Lamp features a seamless, svelte frame and an adjustable, conical shade to direct the light, as needed. Designers are drawn to this unfussy, understated design for its ease of function, timeless quality and elegant appearance. Buy It: Danish Design Store, $1,029 or BUY SIMILAR: Overstock, $267

Stockholm Rug

This contemporary living room features a large picture window, built-in bookshelf, mid-century modern end table, and gray wingback chair. The back of the bookshelf is painted dark gray to add depth and make the books and accessories stand out. A black and white striped curtain adds a cozy touch to the beautiful space. Crisp, clean and classic, the black and white striped rug is a popular and wallet-friendly pick for designers and homeowners alike. We’re smitten with this product because it works with most interior styles, and the chic, striped pattern will never go out of style. BUY IT: Ikea, $299

Nelson Bubble Pendant Light

George Nelson designed the first bubble lamp in 1947, and the fixture remains a staple in modern design to this day. The spherical pendants are airy and light, reminiscent of paper lanterns, and they emit a warm, ivory glow to the space below. BUY It: Hive, $395

Eames Lounge + Ottoman

An Eames lounge chair and ottoman may always be considered the best seat in the house. And the priciest, too. The good news? You can acheive the same striking effect of the coveted Herman Miller masterpiece is out of your budget. Interior designer Marie Burgos says, "We have used this replica several times in our designs! It is such an iconic piece and remains a symbol of luxurious comfort. We believe that an iconic designer piece like this one, if it is properly set and displayed, will always bring a whole new energy and personality within a contemporary space." BUY IT: Herman Miller, $5,295 or BUY SIMILAR: Manhattan Home Design, $994

From: Marie Burgos

Hermès Avalon Throw Blanket

A word that comes to mind with the Hermes Avalon throw blanket? Status. Another word? Luxury. The iconic, H-clad blanket is a staple for softness in high-end designs, made from a magical mix of merino wool and cashmere. BUY IT: Hermes, $1,525

Adjustable Table E1027

Raise a glass (or two!) to the classic, chrome Adjustable Table E1027, designed by Eileen Gray in 1927. This sleek silver side table remains treasured by interior designers nearly a century later, because it effortlessly adjusts to serve you from beds, sofas or chairs — and does so with a weightless, barely-there appearance that blends seamlessly into any space. BUY IT: Design Within Reach, $1,200 or BUY SIMILAR: Overstock, $250

The Round Chair

When asked, designer Bryan Wark says he chose to incorporate round chairs in his airy dining room design for a few reasons, including its "organic quality from the smooth sculpted lines of the wood frame and the pure simplicity of the design." Bryan continues, "My clients asked that the overall design of their new home (I designed this home from scratch) be organic. Another reason I chose these chairs is because they were designed by a lion of midcentury design, Hans Wegner. So much of his and other midcentury designers’ furniture is timeless. These chairs would be perfect in a stark modern space as well as in a traditional setting surrounded by antiques." BUY SIMILAR: Laura Davidson, $190

Woven Letter Pillow

Jonathan Adler’s woven, reversible, letter pillows are designer go-to throws used to personalize homes. The crisp, graphic design and versatile black and white hues will never go out of style. All this to say, go ahead and enjoy a guilt-free splurge to dress up your sofa, bed or loveseat. BUY IT: Jonathan Adler, $125

Tulip Table

Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson of TerraCotta Design Build says, "This table has been in production since the 1950s, and it remains a classic. The pedestal design makes it sculptural, and the marble top is classic and sophisticated, yet the simplicity of the lines lends it a timeless and modern appeal. It will forever be one of my favorites." BUY IT: Amazon, $924.89

Sputnik Chandelier

Sputnik chandeliers saw their start during the design period dubbed, "The Atomic Age," between 1940 and 1960. The fixtures remain popular today because the design is all at once retro and modern, making the Sputnik chandelier ideal for both transitional designs and midcentury modern interiors alike. BUY IT: Hayneedle, $80

Florence Knoll Sofa

The designer's namesake company, Knoll, describes the Florence Knoll Sofa as a "scaled-down translation of the rhythm and proportions of midcentury modern architecture." The geometric, rectangular frame is softened by three rows of tufted cushions and the end product is simultaneously timeless and forward thinking. With its modern-meets-classic design, it’s easy to understand why this sofa remains interior designers’ dream piece. BUY IT: Knoll, $11, 687 or BUY SIMILAR: Houzz, $939

Peacock Chair

Designers are flocking to stores to pick up a set of summery, bohemian peacock chairs for their warm-weather projects. The throne-like design is regal, yet easy and accessible, thanks to the rattan material. Fun and funky, peacock chairs are a go-to for livening up outdoor spaces for dining and entertaining. BUY IT: Pier 1 Imports, $400

From: Molly Wood and Molly Wood

Arco Floor Lamp

The Arco Floor Lamp was the brainchild of Italian brothers, Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo in 1962. The groovy Arco was inspired by a streetlight and was created to provide overhead lighting for spaces sans ceiling suspension. Perfect for rentals, no? Designers continue to celebrate the lamp today, making use of the glossy chrome finish and dramatic, adjustable arc in sleek, modern spaces. BUY IT: Design Within Reach, $2,995 or BUY SIMILAR: Appliance Connection, $257

X-Back Chair

Interested in a designer-worthy piece that doesn’t cost you a pretty penny or first-born child? Enter the X-back chair. The open, breezy design is available in countless finishes and price points, and interior designers use them to create the lovely, yet livable, spaces that you’re currently lusting over on Pinterest. No shame. BUY IT: Target, $200 (set of two)

Noguchi Coffee Table

Look familiar? We don’t doubt it. The Noguchi table is a modernist furniture classic, first unveiled to the U.S. in 1947 by Herman Miller and designed by Japanese-American artist and industrial designer, Isamu Noguchi. The coffee table is comprised of a base formed by two identical curved pieces of hardwood and a heavy, glass top. Interior designers are drawn to the Noguchi table because it balances a durable design with a delicate appearance. BUY IT: Herman Miller, $1,895 or BUY SIMILAR: Wayfair, $315

Barcelona Couch

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed this handsome, historic piece in 1930. The unique, flat design is available in varied neutral hues and handcrafted leather to fit any space. The Barcelona Couch is a true, timeless designer treasure that guarantees to leave a lasting impression. BUY IT: Knoll, $11,277 or BUY SIMILAR: La Bella Furniture, $955

Shop This Look