The 7 everyday design icons every home should have

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    Not all modern design classics cost the earth or can only be found in high-end homes. Here are seven iconic products that epitomise 21st century home style yet can be found in any stylish home. How many have you got?

    1. Ikea PS Cabinet
    The royal blue and canary yellow Swedish
    superstore has provided many an iconic piece of homeware, but none
    perhaps as enduringly popular as this. From contemporary china cabinet-cum-
    media unit to hall console or bedroom clothes storage, its myriad uses are
    only part of its enduring story. It looks great, too. Red makes a statement
    though the congiscenti go for white, and for extra style points, two
    side by side is the thing to have.

    2. Rice paper lampshades
    Ah, the heady days of your first rented apartment… Décor wise, we’ve moved on from the spider plant, but will always have a soft spot for the rice paper lampshade. Affordable, durable, moth and rot proof, they also give a soft, luminous light that’s so much more flattering than a bare light bulb.

    3. Series 7 chair
    The Victorians loved an antimacassar-ed sofa, Mid-century dwellers were fans of the three piece suite. But for 21st century cool, the only chair to have is the Series 7. Designed by Fritz Hansen, it’s light, stackable and has been sat on back-to-front by naked call girls as well as gracing board rooms and school dining rooms ever since launching in 1955. A true classic for the people.

    4. Stovetop coffee maker
    The Bialetti Moka is seriously in danger of becoming extinct thanks to the preponderance of bean-to-cup machines now on offer for a new coffee-drinking class which demands more than instant granules. But for true caffeine aficionados, old habits die hard and this affordable, reliable and durable maker still has legion fans. Probably because in addition to looking smart, it makes damn fine coffee, too.

    5. Dualit Toaster
    if every home doesn’t have one, everyone wants one. The Cartier of the
    toaster world, Dualit‘s iconic bread browner started life as a mainstay
    of the commercial catering industry before shooting to the top of the stylish
    homeowner’s wishlist in the 1980s (looked great in all those industrial lofts). Even the Queen had one on the QE2 to keep her buns perfectly browned.

    6. Alessi Lemon Squeezer
    Rumour has it Philippe Stark’s original commission was to design a stainless steel tray, so this futuristic rocket went seriously off brief. Never mind, it looks good on a worktop with its great form seriously making up for any lack of function. Be honest, has anyone ever actually used one?

    7. Ikea Ordning Cutlery Stand Launched in 1999, this rapidly became a chart topper in the early Noughties for Ikea, proving that great design doesn’t have to come with a high price. Its myriad uses also contribute to its success, with its functionality extending from being the perfect container for everything from worktop utensils to crafting tools or art equipment. An all round winner, then.

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