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20 Beautiful Design Icons to Invest in That Won't Break the Bank

Picture of Charlotte Luxford
Home & Design Editor
Updated: 13 March 2017
You don’t need to splash the cash to invest in a designer piece – we’ve curated celebrated products that offer timeless appeal for under £100.

1 – 30th anniversary edition

Tea Rex kettle in stainless steel, £89, Michael Graves for Alessi at Red Candy

© Alessi

2 – Thirties throwback

Original 1227 Mini table lamp in cast iron and steel, in dove grey, £95, Anglepoise

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3 – Jacobsen design

Mini multi jar in bone china with wooden lid, in black, £20.50, Design Letters & Friends at Selfridges

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4 – Man’s best friend

Dog Tim in light and dark wood, £34 each, Kay Bojesen at Royal Design UK

© Kay Bojensen

5 – Flat-pack reissue

Lovbacken side table in poplar veneer, fibreboard and solid beech, £40, Ikea

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6 – Sixties legend

Robin Day armchair in polypropylene, in flame orange, £59, John Lewis

© John Lewis

7 – Italian influence

Componibili two-drawer storage unit in ABS plastic, in red, £72, Kartell at Made In Design

© Kartell

8 – Legacy accessory

Hobart medium candlestick in cast iron, in black, £36, Robert Welch

© Robert Welch

9 – Affordable classic

Studio two-slice toaster in polished chrome and plastic, in white/grey, £59, Dualit

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10 – Shaker-inspired weave

Silver St David’s Cross reversible cushion in lambswool, £45, Melin Tregwynt at Monpote

© Monte

11 – Award winner

EM77 vacuum jug in ABS plastic, in moss green, £55, Stelton at House of Moloko

© Stelton

12 – Modern twist

Drop Cap pendant set with lightbulb, both in steel in copper finish, £99.95, Plumen

© Plumen

13 – Seventies sound

Rambler radio in wood, metal and leather, £92.99, Roberts Radio at Amazon

© Roberts Radio

14 – Finnish favourite

Aalto vase in glass, in dark grey, £95, Iittala at Skandium


15 – Seasoned style

Tahiti salt and pepper mill set, in zinc and dove grey, £54.99, Peugeot at Houseology

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16 – Fun collectable

Doll 10 in hand-painted pinewood, £84.50, Alexander Girard for Vitra at Aram Store

© Vitra

17 – Flower power

Unikko HW fabric in cotton, in 167, £39 per metre, Marimekko


18 – Timeless piece

AJ Station table clock in plastic, in black, £78, Rosendahl at Scandinavian Design Center

© Rosendahl

19 – Original flavour

Pie set in enamelware, in white/blue, £55, Falcon

© Falcon Enamelware

20 – Cash in

Moneyphant in mirror polished stainless steel, £72, Jorgen Moller for Georg Jensen

© Georg Jensen