I'm currently loving anything designed by George Nelson. I mean, look at this stuff! It's awesomely timeless...
Originally trained as an architect, Nelson became a writer after graduating from Yale, writing for publications such as "Pencil Points and "Architectural Forum". He also wrote a book entitled "Tomorrow's House" introducing the concept of the family room and storage wall. The book got the attention of Herman Miller's president who asked Nelson to become the company's design director.
Even though he had no design experience, Miller was asked to design his own items for the company. However, he fell in to it easily because of his architecture background.
Because of his connections to the design world, Nelson was able to bring designers to collaborate with Herman Miller, including Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi. This was a new idea at the time and helped establish Herman Miller as a leader in the industry.
For more info about Nelson, check out georgenelson.org.