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"Optimum" Walnut Desk Designed by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum" is a desk, designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie', with a structure made
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables

Materials

Leather, Walnut

"Optimum" Walnut Low Coffee Table Designed by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum" is a low coffee table, designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie', with a
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Leather, Glass, Walnut

"Optimum" Walnut Two Drawers Bedside Table by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum" is a bedside table, designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie', with a
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Side Tables

Materials

Leather, Glass, Walnut

"Optimum" Glass Shelf and Walnut Display Cupboard by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum" is a glass display cupboard, designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cupboards

Materials

Leather, Glass, Walnut

"Optimum" Glass and Walnut Chest of 10 Drawers by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum", designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie', has a structure made in solid
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Leather, Glass, Walnut

"Optimum" Glass and Walnut Chest of 14 Drawers by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
Located in Brooklyn, NY
"Optimum", designed by Stephane Lebrun and manufactured by Dessie', has a structure made in solid
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Walnut, Leather, Glass

"Optimum" Glass and Walnut Chest of 12 Drawers by Stephane Lebrun for Dessie'
By Stephane Lebrun, Dessie Studio
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers

Materials

Leather, Glass, Walnut

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A Close Look at modern Furniture

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.