All the Vintage Furniture Reissues Happening Right Now

Have you ever seen a piece of vintage furniture in a magazine — or in the Instagram Stories of a particularly stylish friend or influencer— and thought: “HOLY SHIT, I HAVE TO HAVE THAT NOW”? Of course you have. We all have. It’s why certain pieces from online vintage retailers like Homeunion and Bi-Rite sell out immediately, and why “caprani lamp replica” is our highest-ranking search term. It’s the same grail mentality that’s fueled a hundred IKEA reissues, the purchase of every Eames chair for the past 20 years, and, more recently, the intense popularity of things like the $10,000 Ultrafragola mirror and the Mushroom Lamp That Wouldn’t Die. It’s no wonder that furniture companies have been furiously plumbing their own archives for the next (old) big thing.

We began tracking vintage furniture reissues in earnest back in 2017, when the Norwegian company Varier reissued Ekstrem, an eccentric, postmodern spider of a chair from 1984. Then last year Artilleriet, a Swedish company, brought back the wavy 1970s Etcetera lounge chair by Jan Ekselius in a riot of colors (a chair we’ve since noticed in dozens of editorials and 3-D renderings). But things really began picking up this year with the decision by B&B Italia to rerelease the Cameleonda: a modular, ultra-tufted sofa by Mario Bellini, which was in production only from 1970 to 1978 and whose name is a portmanteau of the Italian words for chameleon and wave. Here is a sofa whose vintage specimens have literally been everywhere: in faded, scuffed leather on the cover of Domino; in nubby bouclé in a suite at the Instagram-famous Palm Heights Grand Cayman; in the sitting room of a Stella McCartney flagship. Why wouldn’t B&B try to cash in on its newfound popularity?

I spoke to Amy Auscherman, the archivist at Herman Miller, for some perspective; she knows from reissues, having been instrumental in the rerelease of Ward Bennett’s U-Series this year. Auscherman, who has been in her position for six years, says she’s never been more busy reexamining furniture from the archive for a consumer audience. “People know us as a b2b company, but as our consumer business grows, there are more opportunities to look at archival designs by designers whose names people now know.” As for why more people than ever know the names of these under-the-radar designers? “How many people know who Ray Wilkes is or what the Chiclet Sofa is because Bi-Rite posted about it?” Auscherman laughs. She considers these online arbiters almost like a new class of what was once known as a picker. “These are people — like you guys! — who have online presences who also like sharing info, whether it’s a scan from an old Architectural Digest, or a Nest… That information is more liberated than ever before, and designers and design objects from the past are being contextualized like never before.”

Check out our favorite recent reissues below.

Top image © Kasthall, styled by Kråkvik/D’Orazio

Ekstrem Chair by Varier Furniture (1984)

Elementa_Klorofyll_PlanterSystem_Varier_Ekstrem_TerjeEkstroem_VolverStudios_Eik_Photo_TrineHisdal_Styling_KraakvikD’Orazio_highres opener

Etcetera Chair by Jan Ekselius for Artilleriet (1970)

ETCETERA_Lounge_Klein_Blue_3 ETCETERA_Lounge_Rubin_Red_5

Storet Cabinet by Nanda Vigo for Acerbis (1994)


Life Couch by Roberto Monsani for Acerbis (1974)


Menhir Table by Giotto Stoppino for Acerbis (1983)


Sheraton Cabinet by Giotto Stoppino for Acerbis (1977)


Cameleonda Sofa by Mario Bellini for B&B Italia (1970)

323F8AF4-3040-4024-A7C8-A1F8F1D6A328 4950AC6A-4E03-411F-871A-7AEC10F0D590 14125865-F18F-449D-BD1E-B84D7E3B0EBE 8725EBB5-0711-471B-AFFE-DF295D5E1E68 14844EC2-061E-4B18-91F9-6576ED21F90F

Carimate Chair by Vico Magistretti for Fritz Hansen (1959)


U-Series by Ward Bennett for Herman Miller (1979)

HM_2518311_100177763_aristocrat_v2_002 ggr_ig_prd_ovw_u_series_lounge_03

Revolt Chair by Friso Kramer for Hay (1953)

9368153009000_Revolt biscotti seat and back_ocean steel base (3)

Stemlite by Bill Curry for Gubi (1962)

Lampade_set1_day3_0 1-post-large

Re and Regina Lamps by Bobo Piccoli Fontana Arte (1968)


W51 Bramante Cabinet by Kazuhide Takahama for Cassina (1974)

Cassina_Bramante_Kazuhide Takahama_upgrade_gradiant 1_SIMONCOLLEZIONE_Bramante_Kazuhide Takahama_upgrade

Chiara Lamp by Mario Bellini for Flos (1969)

Chiara T_aluminium

405 Duc Duc Sofa by Mario Bellini for Cassina (1976)

1_CASSINA_Duc-Duc sofa_Mario Bellini 3_CASSINA_Duc-Duc sofa_Mario Bellini_detail