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6 Features of Modern Furniture Design

Modern Furniture Design Features. Photo courtesy Midetown Residence NY-drakeandersonStudio

The popularity of modern furniture design started in the mid-century. It is based on the idea of workers working together with craftsmen to create functional furniture that has aesthetics. Modern designers follow the idea of form follows function yet with a more artistic touch. Experimenting with the capability of using new materials and trying how they worked created the basics of modern furniture design.

Here are some of the main modern furniture design concepts in furniture:

Clear lines and geometric figures

The modern style is all about clearer looks with minimal ornaments. The more focus is on clean lines, geometric shapes, and angles. Thus, straight lines and edges are among the main modern design features. Squared edge sofas and chairs with angular details give the space a strong personality.

Straight lines and edged furniture. Photo courtesy: Ruda Studio
Straight lines and edged furniture. Photo courtesy: Ruda Studio
Edged modern sofa. Photo courtesy: deavita.net
Edged modern sofa. Photo courtesy: deavita.net

Does this mean modern furniture can’t be curved?

It’s important to notice that modern curvatures are trendy again this year. However, they can be under the category of contemporary design. Contemporary and modern are two styles that are commonly mistaken. In contrary to modern style, contemporary furniture can be smoother. It has modern characteristics of functionality as well as updated traditional features.

Gwen Sofa by Jeremiah Brent
Gwen Sofa by Jeremiah Brent

Material exposure like metals

Lately there has been a trend of working with metals in furniture. You can notice the special use of metals like aluminum, nickel, stainless steel and exposed wood. Modern design also includes lighting fixtures that are made of metal in different shades. However, we’re not expecting to see much of rose gold but mostly brass and blackened metals.

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Coffee Table by Liang and Eimil Photo Courtesy: Hush Design
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Photo Courtesy: Deborah Oppenheimer
Black nesting table. Photo courtesy: furnituremallga.com
Black nesting table. Photo courtesy: furnituremallga.com

Natural materials

In modern style, embracing materials and textures exposure is a trendy modern feature. Using natural wood and stones can add a vibrant spirit to your interior space and will make it more special.

Natural materials in interior. Photo courtesy: Freshome.com
Natural materials in interior. Photo courtesy: Freshome.com
Concrete in interior space. Photo courtesy: flashconcrete.co.nz
Concrete in interior space. Photo courtesy: flashconcrete.co.nz
Exposed natural materials in kitchen space. Photo courtesy: flashconcrete.co.nz
Exposed natural materials in kitchen space. Photo courtesy: flashconcrete.co.nz

Size and functionality

One of the modern furniture concepts is practicality and multiple uses. For instance, kitchen units can be handy in storing things, as well as headboard storage niches over beds, can be very functional. These practical units can be useful in small area spaces.

Modern storage units. Photo courtesy: kdrtech.me
Modern storage units. Photo courtesy: kdrtech.me
Modern bathroom units. Photo courtesy: homesupply.co.uk
Modern bathroom units. Photo courtesy: homesupply.co.uk
Storage area over bed from homedesigning.com
Storage area over bed. Photo courtesy: homedesigning.com

Open Space

Modern design approach encourages the idea of minimalism and that less is more. in this style, Interior designers like to create more open spaces. While creating the interior design, one should put into consideration every piece added to the free space. It’s never about an over occupied space with meaningless stuff.

Open interior space from KF Home Building
Open interior space. Photo courtesy: kfhomebuilding.com
Modern minimalist interior. Photo courtesyarchitectureartdesigns.com
Modern minimalist interior. Photo courtesyarchitectureartdesigns.com
Aluminum House Fran Silvestre Arquitectos-archdaily.com
Aluminum House Fran Silvestre Arquitectos-archdaily.com

Simple neutral colours

Simplicity is a significant feature of modern style. It’s so trendy to using a neutral palette especially blush colors rather than beige and dark tones in furniture.

Blush coloured interior. Photo courtesy: renoguide.com
Blush coloured interior. Photo courtesy: renoguide.com
Neutral colored bedroom including pink palette. Photo courtesy: planete-deco.fr
Neutral coloured bedroom including pink palette. Photo courtesy: planete-deco.fr
Decorating with blush colour. Photo courtesy: pintrest
Decorating with blush colour. Photo courtesy: pintrest

Accessories

There is a trend in adding customized hand-made accessories. Designers also believe art-deco is to go huge in 2019. It’s a nickname that goes back to the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes. It’s an exhibition that took place in Paris in 1925.

Regarding this, you must be considerate of the area of your space when adding accessories and never make it overloaded. A pendant light can be used to give a special essence to your space.

Art deco accessories. Photo courtesy: TheNest.com
Art deco accessories. Photo courtesy: TheNest.com
Pendant lighting-utilitydesign.co.uk
Pendant lighting. Photo courtesy: utilitydesign.co.uk
Nordal Art Deco Drinks Trolley. Photo courtesy : accessoriesforthehome.co.u
Nordal Art Deco Drinks Trolley. Photo courtesy : accessoriesforthehome.co.u

Difference between Contemporary furniture & Modern furniture

Contemporary furniture is similar to modern furniture in terms of minimalism as well as geometric shapes. However, the contemporary design might sometimes break the rule to follow trends. Yet, it always features trendy materials and textures. To have a clear understanding of the differences between both styles, read more about 6 contemporary interior design features.

 Maximalism Vs. Minimalism

For years, we’ve been familiar with the term “minimalist design” and the characteristic of a simple design with light colours. Certainly, modern maximalism is starting to make a return. Recently, designers are not afraid to add a bold element. Let it be a bold colour in the background, bold piece, or even go for a nostalgic retro direction that gives the space its own identity. As time passes, this trend of mixing both directions together is in again. Extravagance can be expressed through a few elements and we can keep calm colours. Moreover, colour lovers might find it better to add joyful unique spirit to their spaces by experimenting with different colours together.

Maximlaist interior. Photo courtesy: Freshome.com
Maximlaist interior. Photo courtesy: Freshome.com

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  2. Tarek Jahan

    16 July

    I really like the modern furniture I really like the furniture you showed me and I like its features so if I buy furniture I will buy modern furniture.

    Thanks..

  3. Sophie Turner

    28 September

    It’s really a cool and useful piece of information. I am happy that you just shared this helpful info with us.

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