What is Modern Design?

What is Modern Design?

February 17, 2011 | Barbara's Blog

Modern Chairs The “Gone With the Wind” exhibit at THE NEXT COOL THING challenged me to carefully consider how the decor of Twelve Oaks Plantation would translate into an interior space today. As you already know I felt that the antebellum home’s interior would translate well into a “modern” design. But before I could create a “modern” space I was forced to ponder this question: What exactly IS modern design?  

The word doesn’t mean the same thing to every person and most of us have different interpretations of this type of design. Modern CD Chair

Modern design, as most of us know it, dates from the early 1900s when elaborate    ornamentation in furnishings began to be rejected in favor of clean lines and unadorned pieces. In Europe after World War 1 the concept of “form follows function” was conceived and furniture that simply served its purpose became known as modern design. The idea changed again after World War 2 with the immergence of midcentury modernists such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia and Florence Knoll. Since then we have witnessed other variations of this type of design, but the concept has remained the same. Simple lines, responsible materials, and new technologies define modern design.

In sum, modern design is about forward thinking and is progressive in the way it is created and used.

With all this in mind I carefully planned my space within the exhibit and in just one more day you will see the fruits of my labor at THE NEXT COOL THING. 

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