The essentials of Modern Design: Everything you should know
Learn the origins, key elements and inspirations behind modern design
In the late 19th century, with help from the second renaissance and modernist influences, ideals such as cutting out the excess and “form follows function” began to manifest in the form of modern furniture.
Instead of being viewed as a commodity, modernists suggested that furniture should be as functional as possible to eliminate waste and save time. At the same time, the modern movement still moved to improve in terms of originality, style, and comfort. The modern movement has not slowed and continues to innovate even today.
Elements of Modern Design
The essential idea of modern design can be broken down into three words: “form follows function”. Modern design strives to be straight-forward and honest. No frills, no embellishments. It is unapologetically functional in every way.
As Philip Johnson, the founder of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, put it eloquently:
“Today industrial design is functionally motivated and follows the same principles as modern architecture: machine-like simplicity, smoothness of surface, avoidance of ornament … It is perhaps the most fundamental contrast between the two periods of design that in 1900 the Decorative Arts possessed …”
Materials and Colors
Due to the second industrial revolution, an influx of new usable materials such as stainless steel and polished wood entered the furniture market. Later, leather, eco-leather and microfabric became and remain extremely popular choices.
Unlike other styles, modernism embraces shiny metals like stainless steel. In fact, stainless steel beautifully complements the clean aesthetic that modern design is known for.
Because of modern design’s desire to put function before form, you tend to see modern furnishings in neutral tones of black, gray, or white while accessories bring color into the mix. This does not mean that modern furniture is not colorful. In fact, we are seeing a trend of more colors being implemented into the modern home.
At Casa Furniture we are proud to hold the values of modern functionalism close and are always on the cutting edge in the research of the next trend in modern design. Our talented and experienced network of manufacturers and designers are here to provide you with exceptional interior solutions whether your focus is on minimalism, natural material, metallics, comfort, or color. We look forward to working with you on your interior design journey.