Modern design is, in many ways, a solution but it is also an art form. Contemporary fashions have evolved in such a way that home interiors are not only designed to solve problems, but to provide an intellectual landscape for the mind and soul. The eyes rest on a chair just as much as the body does, but it is when we are beholding the results of modern design that the objects and settings carry out their full potential. Design styles come and go, but "modern" has been a lasting and evolving term. What was once the pinnacle of contemporary ingenuity becomes "classic" as the years drift by. On the flip side of things, just because something is new doesn't make it modern. The definition of contemporary will continue to change as the styles do which is something we can fortunately behold each and every year. Today's Modern Misconceptions Many people tend to favor the traditional over the modern because of the preconceived mental images of uncomfortable furniture, cold hard edges, and primary colors. The fact is that in the art world those things were at one time modern but things can change at the blink of an eye. Contemporary designers know that is more to modern than minimalism but those reluctant few will always exist. As tastes evolve so does design, it has nothing to do with abstract pieces that ARE preferred by some. Today's top designers don't particularly favor the "lone chair in an empty room" branch of the spectrum but instead focus on a more utility-based design. We're not saying that you can't walk onto the showroom floor and find the perfect "gallery style" piece, it's just important to know that there is a whole other world which embraces minimalism while still creating livable usable space.
Looking Sharp Doesn't Cut It The returning workforce of industrialist America needed a way to quickly produce large amounts of low-cost furniture to the population of post WWII baby-boomers. The fact that machines could be utilized to create molded, low-assembly units effectively produced the sleek contemporary styles that we see today. It's still about simple lines and new technology but designers are looking to utilize more than just that: good, honest materials. In fact, sustainability is a huge part of what modern design is right now. The contemporary design principals embraced in the past decades are still valid but are constantly undergoing transformation away from hard surfaces. For instance, the iconic Ball Chair is constantly undergoing revisions by different designers and the design has transformed into one that allows interaction without being solitary, opening the chair up to more rooms of the home. Some may say that sustainability will save modern design, but there is nothing to be saved. As something becomes obsolete it will evolve through the good sense of design. Knowing the difference between retro-guised-as-modern and real contemporary innovation can definitely open up a new world to those who have been "iffy at best" about introducing a comfortable splash of modernity to their home.