Some designs that are part of our daily life are very recognizable. Several are furniture, others are everyday objects, and others are wearable products. They share similarities in their unique and recognizable details that connect the right elements with the right proportions, creating groundbreaking innovations.

The following 5 iconic designs not only became a huge commercial success, but they also set new standards in their field. Here are some of the most influential iconic designs of the 20th century that have stood the test of time.

#5. Fender Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster is an electric guitar designed in 1954 by Leo Fender, Bill Carson, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares. The shape of the guitar's body, with its elongated horns, was revolutionary in its day and is one of the most imitated designs of all times. Some of the musicians who have used it are Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

#4. Cifra 3

The Cifra 3 is a digital flip clock designed in 1965 by the Italian architect Gino Valle. It is recognized worldwide as an iconic design of the 20th century and represents the perfect combination of technology and creative design. It is on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 #3. Kandem Table Lamp

It was designed in 1928 by Marianne Brandt and Hin Bredendieck. Composed of steel and glass, this modern-style lamp is an icon of the Bauhaus period. More than 50 thousand pieces were sold on a five-year period.

  #2. Moka Bialetti Coffee Maker

It was designed by the Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, and it is estimated that more than 105 million units have been produced since market launch. It became an iconic piece of design and one of the staples of Italian culture.

  #1. Barcelona Chair

Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich for the 1929 Barcelona Exhibition, this functional, elegant, and minimalist chair is yet another piece of Bauhaus design. It has appeared in films such as American Psycho, Casino Royale, and Tron: Legacy, among others. Today it is still extremely popular and can be found in many homes and offices.

At Cate & Nelson Watches we believe that for a good design to last over time, it must push the limits and be in a process of continuous improvement. That is why the crown, which is an element usually positioned at three o’clock, has been turned 22.5° for increased comfort and user-friendliness.

We believe that “less is more” and that you do not need a lot of watches for every occasion, you just need the right one that goes with everything. Check out our collection and choose the right one for you.