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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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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.

Cora Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern

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Charcoal Solid Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Barque Merino Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Midnight Blue Solid Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Lunar Cashmere Silk Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Umbra Kiwi Cashmere Silk Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

GRANITE Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

MACE Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

BLOK ROSEWOOD Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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UMBRA MINK Cashmere Silk Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Blok Topaz Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Moss Solid Linen Scarf / Wrap / Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

MALEY Silk Shibori Scarf / Wrap
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Katano Silk Shibori Scarf / Wrap
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Les Ottomans Panther and Monkey Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans, Alessio Nesi
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Les Ottomans Leopard Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans, Alessio Nesi
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Les Ottomans Purple Peacock Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans, Alessio Nesi
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Les Ottomans Python Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans, Alessio Nesi
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Les Ottomans Zebra & Gazelle Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Les Ottomans Falcon Patterned Silk Turkish Scarves by Alessio Nessi
By Les Ottomans, Alessio Nesi
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

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Silk

Kaavi Silk Shibori Scarf / Wrap
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Rose Cashmere Silk Scarf/Wrap/Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Carbon Scarf/Wrap/Shawl
By Studio Variously
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2010s Indian Modern

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Fabric

Japanese Two Panel Screen: Kimono on Screen
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20th Century Japanese Modern

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Silk, Wood, Paper

Cartier Bordeaux Leather Panthere Bucket Bag
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Early 2000s French Modern

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Leather

Carpet Tibetian Tiger of the 20th Century
By Asian Style
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20th Century Tibetan Modern

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Wool, Cotton

Haori Jacket by Greg Copeland
By Greg Copeland
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Vintage 1970s American Modern

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Silk, Acrylic

Textile in Green, Blue, Black, and White by Roberto Burle Marx, circa 1980s
By Roberto Burle Marx
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Vintage 1980s Brazilian Modern

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Textile

Textile in Green, Blue, Black, and White by Roberto Burle Marx, circa 1980s
By Roberto Burle Marx
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Vintage 1980s Brazilian Modern

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Textile

Textile in Purple and Greenish-Blue by Roberto Burle Marx, circa 1980s
By Roberto Burle Marx
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Vintage 1980s Brazilian Modern

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Textile

Prada Black Overcoat Made in Italy
By Prada
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Vivienne Tam 'Mao' Print Dress, 1995
By Vivienne Tam
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Late 20th Century Indian Modern

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Fabric

Andrianna Shamaris Silk Courreges Framed
By Andrianna Shamaris
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Vintage 1950s French Modern

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Silk, Wood, Teak, Reclaimed Wood

Antique Chinese Rug with Abstract Design
By Unknown
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Early 20th Century Chinese Modern

Indonesian Cloth
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20th Century Indonesian Modern

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Textile

Ceremonial Cloth 'Tapis' of Lampung
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20th Century Indonesian Modern

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Gold

Jim Thompson Orange Designer Decorative Pillow with Lotus Flower Print
By Jim Thompson
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20th Century Thai Modern

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Linen