Design, we're told, is just within our reach. But, while we see the aesthetic glory of some of the pieces offered as classics, we miss (at times) their history.

Consider this a primer. A quick and easy list of key designers and the furnishings that have blossomed from simple ideas to international icons.

Kyle Garner, founder of Brooklyn-based antique gallery Sit And Read, has been scouring flea markets for furniture since childhood. His passion, not surprisingly, has generated an impressive knowledge base and understanding of 20th century design. Naturally, we pegged Garner to help us get to grips with the world of furniture design. He picked the names and designs that everyman should know.

Written by Kyle Garner (@sitandread).

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