For those who love streamlined design without any fussy details, Modern and Contemporary furniture is the perfect choice. The phrase to remember is: Less is more. Furniture will be visually pleasing with a simple clean-lined design without much ornamentation and there is a strong blend of form and function. These pieces often have a clear structural look that can be quite architectural in feel. The silhouette and design of the furniture will naturally emerge from the materials used.
Modern Classic furniture is recognized for its distinctive and innovative look that is evocative of a particular designer. For example, the 1928 Le Corbusier chaise longue, the Eames lounge chair and ottoman, the Arne Jacobsen egg chair and swan chair, the Saarinen womb chair, the diamond chair by Harry Bertoia, and the Hans Wagner wishbone chair. Pieces from the 1950s are at the core of these highly desirable pieces and they often had a futuristic Space Age look. These pieces have become icons of style. The originals are now very collectible and expensive but newly made reproductions and fresh interpretations capture the spirit and are affordable to all.
Mid-Century Modern style remains popular partly because it is so easy to live with and it creates a wonderful sense of nostalgia. Furniture and home accessories are designed with pared-down shapes and organic forms. The straight, angled, and gently curved shapes were stripped bare of any fancy decoration, allowing the silhouette, materials, and colors to create the design interest.
The Transitional style is one of the most versatile interior decor styles, drawing on the best of both traditional decor and modern looks. This elegant and harmonious style offers the warmth and classic appeal of traditional homes, but updates the look with contemporary clean lines. Streamlined silhouettes create a sophisticated atmosphere that strikes a nice balance between casual and formal, masculine and feminine.