Modern Furniture

Modern Furniture Design

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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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 principles 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 chair, and the Eames’s 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 designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Lift Table, Steel, Glass, Wood, Lighting, Elevate, Ships Wheel, Custom, Semigood
Lift Table, Steel, Glass, Wood, Lighting, Eleva...
Semigood Design
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Furniture
Steel, Glass, Hardwood
A culmination of steel, wood and glass make for one of the most incredible conference tables ever constructed. This table features under lighting and power outlets under each wing of...
Spaceship I, Low Table

Spaceship I, Low Table

By Karen Chekerdjian
Spaceship I, Low Table
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Brass
A continuation in spirit of the object 04 series, this sculptural piece is a combination of the natural and the scientific, inspired as much by rock Formations as it is by the spaces...
"Spaceship II" Low Table

"Spaceship II" Low Table

By Karen Chekerdjian
"Spaceship II" Low Table
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Brass
A continuation in spirit of the object 04 series, this sculptural piece is a combination of the natural and the scientific, inspired as much by rock Formations as it is by the spaces...
Platform Rainbow

Platform Rainbow

By Karen Chekerdjian
Platform Rainbow
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Brass
As much sculpture as it is furniture, the differently sized volumes that make up the Platform series of tables combine to create a geometric topography reminiscent of a Cubist skylin...
Hiroshima iii Table Lamp

Hiroshima iii Table Lamp

By Karen Chekerdjian
Hiroshima iii Table Lamp
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Copper
Viewed from the front, the mushroom-shaped steel dome of the lamp appears balanced on a bulky base. Viewed from the side, the dome remains visible but the base practically disappears...
Butterfly sculpture Cabinet, Two Opening Doors, Birch Wood Coated Silvered Glass
Butterfly sculpture Cabinet, Two Opening Doors,...
Sabrina Landini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Furniture
Butterfly hanged cabinet (pair of two cabinet) entirely coated silvered glass by Sabrina Landini, the cabinet can be realized standing with a open base coated rose silvered glass or ...
Milano Chest of Drawers
Milano Chest of Drawers
Lignae
2010s English Modern Commodes and Chests of Drawers
This magnificent chest of drawers is handcrafted by our highly skilled English craftsmen deep in the heart of the Sussex countryside in England. The sides and top are of Italian Sy...
Midcentury Asian Bronze Coin Coffee Table Black Lacquered
Midcentury Asian Bronze Coin Coffee Table Black...
20th Century Asian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Wood, Lacquer
Midcentury Asian bronze coin coffee table black lacquered A unique midcentury Asian bronze coin coffee table with black lacquer. The top is entirely covered in bronze Asian coins....
Two-Bay Garbage & Recycle Bin, Modern Solution to a Variety of Storage Problems
Two-Bay Garbage & Recycle Bin, Modern Solution ...
MFGR Designs
Early 2000s American Modern Cabinets
Steel
This modern, handmade steel storage cabinet is a versatile solution to your trash and recycling needs. Perfect for hotels, restaurants, shopping complexes and businesses ; this piece...
"Terra Continens" Table Designed by Karen Cheke...
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Copper, Mahogany
This low table designed by Karen Chekerdjian is part of TransForm collection. The item is made of solid mahogany wood and solid mahogany fourche wood and copper plated brass mirror ...
Object 04 D-E-F Serve as Stools or Side-Tables
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Lebanese Modern Furniture
Stainless Steel
Though sturdy enough to serve as stools or side-tables, this set of multifaceted metal objects was designed as a series of pure, aesthetic shapes. Designed with meditation in mind, s...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table with Alumin...
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Bois & Design is a custom hardwood furniture maker from Canada. We have been in business since 2012. We have been making modern, contemporary and live edge styles over the years. We ...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table ''La Transv...
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Enhancing wood’s natural beauty has been achieved with this gorgeous live edge black walnut dining table. We call it ''la transversé'' because the wood joined in two different direct...
Live Edge Black Walnut Dining Table on Steel
Bois & Design
2010s Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables
Walnut
Enhancing wood’s natural beauty has been achieved with this gorgeous live edge black walnut dining table. We let nature design with the curves, cracks and holes and our role is to pr...
Marble and Stone Inlay Table Top
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Early 2000s Indian Modern Furniture
Stone
A Stephanie Odegard collection table top made from black marble, with white marble, green marble, and lapis lazuli inlay.
Teak Wood and White Bronze Cupboard
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Early 2000s Indian Modern Furniture
Bronze, Teak
A Stephanie Odegard collection teak wood cupboard plated with white bronze. Made new in India.
White Marble Square Jali Cocktail Table
Stephanie Odegard Collection
Early 2000s Indian Modern Furniture
Marble
A Stephanie Odegard collection white marble cocktail table with traditional jali design.

Roxbury Console

By Kelly Wearstler
Roxbury Console
Kelly Wearstler
2010s American Modern Furniture
Resin, Plaster
Cast in solid resin and featuring a hand-trowelled plaster finish, the Roxbury console possesses a graphic silhouette. Alternating arches form the shape of this unique console creati...
1980s Lacquered Black Sideboard with Bronze Dec...
Antique 1880s Italian Modern Furniture
Bronze, Bentwood
1980s lacquered black sideboard with bronze decorations.    
GT Atelier Modern Low Rectangular Table in Natu...
21st Century and Contemporary Thai Modern Furniture
Elm
Clean lines and a simple design allow this coffee table to transition into any style interior. Whether Minimalist, traditional or rustic, its raw, untreated and organic surface perfe...
Corner Coffee Table with a Boot Leather
Unknown
Late 20th Century Chinese Modern Furniture
Leather
1764/M, unusual boot leather to be used as a side coffee table in the corner.
Very Large Philipino Kamagong Table
Late 20th Century Philippine Modern Furniture
Fruitwood
From the Philliphines and of solid Komagong, Kamagong timber is extremely dense and hard and is famous for its varied but genreally dark color. Like many other very hard woods, it is...
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