Today, I bought a book, titled "A-Z Design".
It contains descriptions of the great designers from the 19th and 20th centuries, along with nice photographs of their products. Architects will love this book. It may well imply that I will start to purchase a few of these products.
Starting with the letter "A", the first designer mentioned is Alvar Aalto, with his design of an armchair, or really, rocking chair. To my amazement I already own this design chair, which resides in one of my bedrooms.
Aalto was an architect from Finland; at Wikipedia you will find quite a long description about him. He is also known for the following quote:
"God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper". (1978)