A design classic is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and, despite the year in which it was designed, is still up to date. Whether a certain object is or is not a design classic might often be debatable and the term is sometimes abused but there exists a body of acknowledged classics of product designs from the 19th and 20th century.   For an object to become a design classic it takes time and what lasting impact the design had on society and what influence on later designs it had plays a large role in determining whether something is a design classic or not. Thus design classics are often strikingly simple, going to the essence, and are described with words like iconic, neat, valuable or having meaning.for example a vacuume cleaner is now known as a hoover of which is not the vacuume cleaners name instead this is the surname of the inventor william henry hoover
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