LONDON, Oct 19 — With their rich array of past products, design houses enjoy reworking their most iconic pieces into versions that are radically different, or with small details that make all the difference.

Tufty-Time

In 2005, the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola decided to revisit the instantly recognizable deep-buttoned Chesterfield sofa by giving it a touch of the 1960s and 1970s, decades that she is particularly fond of. The Tufty-time by B&B Italia was born.

This seating system became one of the Italian design house's best-sellers. At that time, it was available in a leather version with pleated squares and in a fabric-covered version for which pleated squares were not possible. Now, for its 15th birthday, the fabric-covered Tufty-Time will have pleated squares too.

The 9093 kettle with the 9093 whistle. — AFP pic
The 9093 kettle with the 9093 whistle. — AFP pic

The 9093 Kettle

While the Tufty-time sofa is entering its teenage years, the 9093 kettle is already an adult as it celebrated its 30th birthday this year. Produced by Alessi, it was designed by late architect and designer Michael Graves, who died a few months ago.

Recognisable for its bird-shaped whistle at the end of its spout, the kettle is now topped with an elegant little dragon called Tea Rex. As well as being sold with the kettle that was launched in 1985, the dragon will be available in a two-piece set, one in metallic copper and the other in colored plastic.

Robin Day's polypropylene chair. — AFP pic
Robin Day's polypropylene chair. — AFP pic

Polypropylene

While the word polypropylene is not exactly poetic, this plastic has inhabited school classrooms and other public buildings in the form of the extremely popular stackable polypropylene chair by the designer Robin Day. In celebration of the designer's centenary, the chair has been relaunched.

The new chairs are available in the three original shades (light grey, charcoal and orange). The aim is to restore the “freshness and authority” generated by these objects when they were first introduced in the 1960s.

The original 510 is offered as a limited edition. — AFP pic
The original 510 is offered as a limited edition. — AFP pic

The original 510

Another star of the classroom, the 510 chair designed by Gaston Cavaillon, is also getting a new look in the form of a matte gold finish. — AFP-Relaxnews