Meet the New Classics

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If you’ve ever wondered where tomorrow’s must-have furniture pieces come from, look no further than ICFF – the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair – which just wrapped up in New York. Some of the items seen there will become ubiquitous features in all your favorite design blogs, and some will ultimately become furnishings treasured by homeowners for decades to come. I call those that will still be around and used for the next 50-80 years “New Classics” and I have my own process for spotting them. Want to find New Classics of your own? Here are three ways to start to do that.

Referencing Existing Favorites

New Classics
Images: Loll Designs

It’s news to no one that the old axiom, “everything old is new again” is true—and never is that more apparent than when scouting New Classics. When you’re looking for a jolt of personality without going too far afield, choosing pieces that reference existing favorites is the way to go. These New Classic Adirondack rockers are a great example.

Choosing Great Materials

Images: Douglas Thayer

Terrific materials never go out of style, so when looking for a contemporary item that you can keep (or hand down) for decades, think about what has been used in the construction. This wood and concrete bench would look good indoors or out, and go with just about any style. A New Classic modern heirloom, for sure!

Go With Your Heart

Image: Tod Von Mertens

The ultimate test of a new classic is if you fall in love with the furniture itself. If you’ve taken a shine to a contemporary piece—like I have with these wood and steel nightstands—it has already become a New Classic in your home. And isn’t that really what it’s all about?

What are the contemporary furniture pieces you think are New Classics?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.