A design classic is an industrially manufactured object with timeless aesthetic value. It serves as a standard of its kind and remains up to date regardless of the year of its design. Whether a particular 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 requires time, and whatever lasting impact the design has had on society, together with its influence on later designs, play large roles in determining whether or not something becomes a design classic. 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 vacuum cleaner is now known as a hoover, which was not the vacuum cleaner's name but instead was the surname of its inventor, William Henry Hoover.
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