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 The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics.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

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Pair of Armchairs, France, 1970s

Pair of Armchairs, France, 1970s
Vintage 1970s French Modern Armchairs
Leather, Fabric, Chrome
Over-upholstered seats are supported by a chromed sleigh base, fitted with loose brown leather sleeves in the back.
Shanty Cabinet Model B "Summer" by Doshi Levien

By Doshi Levien, BD Barcelona Design
Shanty Cabinet Model B "Summer" by Doshi Levien
Doshi Levien, BD Barcelona Design
2010s Spanish Modern Cabinets
Aluminum, Steel, Glass, Wood
Cabinet designed by Doshi Levien manufactured by BD in Barcelona Shanty is inspired in the patchwork of corrugated steel sheets which are used to construct many temporary or provisio...
FLOS Aim Small Black Three-Lamp Light Set w/ Canop...
Flos
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum
Created by the Bouroullec brothers in 2010, the AIM ceiling light is a design stripped to its most basic and beautiful essence. This innovative form of modern pendant lighting is constr...
Blue Leather Aladino Sofa by Massimo Scolari for Giorgetti

By Massimo Scolari, Giorgetti S.p.A.
Blue Leather Aladino Sofa by Massimo Scolari for G...
Massimo Scolari, Giorgetti S.p.A.
Vintage 1980s Italian Modern Living Room Sets
Brass, Leather, Murano Glass, Cherry
The centre of this piece is a heavy keel shaped base in solid cherrywood. The two blue leather sofas on solid cherry legs with concealed wheels are connected to the base by means of a p...
Roc Swivel Armchair with Auto Return by Uwe Fische...
COR, Uwe Fischer
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Armchairs
Leather, Fabric
‘Come into my arms,’ this chair seems to say, with its gently curved side rests reaching out invitingly to the observer. And you feel a sense of security as you settle down into it. Thi...
Limited Edition Carpet by Henzel Studio with Bjarne Melgaard in Wool and Silk

By Bjarne Melgaard, Henzel Studio
Limited Edition Carpet by Henzel Studio with Bjarn...
Bjarne Melgaard, Henzel Studio
21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs
Wool, Silk
Limited edition carpet by Henzel Studio with X Bjarne Melgaard in wool and silk. Henzel studio collaboration with X Bjarne Melgaard. As a part of Henzel studio’s ongoing program ...
Tout Va Bien Cabinet by Antoine et Manuel

By BD Barcelona Design
Tout Va Bien Cabinet by Antoine et Manuel
BD Barcelona Design
2010s Spanish Modern Cabinets
Other, Wood
Cabinet designed by Antonie et Manuel manufactured by BD in Barcelona. Modules and shelves made of lacquered DM available in greyish white, micro-textured white or client’s own chose...
Lara Bohinc, Orbit Chair, Coated Steel and Wool Fabric, Black
Lara Bohinc, Orbit Chair, Coated Steel and Wool Fa...
Lara Bohinc
2010s British Modern Chairs
Wool, Metal
This is the first time that Bohinc explores a design favourite; the chair, produced by Matter of Stuff. In the collection, Lara Bohinc develops her stellar themes, finding inspiratio...
Handcrafted Hand Embroidered Mohair and Metallic Yarn Multicolored Tapestry
Handcrafted Hand Embroidered Mohair and Metallic Y...
Geraldine Larkin
2010s English Modern Tapestries
Fabric
Handcrafted hand embroidered mohair and metallic yarn multicolored tapestry. Uneven stripes of vibrant color highlighted with a soft gold thread. Hand embroidered mohair yarn.
Seating Stone Ben van Berkel Un Studio the Netherl...
21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern Loveseats
Steel, Wool, Foam
Informal working and lounging in an often formal world. Cheerful, free and variable – the Seating Stones by Ben van Berkel (reddot design award winner) create generous seating landscape...
Salvatori Ta_Volo Coffee Table in Iron & Bianco Carrara Marble by Franz Siccardo
Salvatori Ta_Volo Coffee Table in Iron & Bianco Ca...
Salvatori, Franz Siccardi
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Iron, Marble
"A project that originated as a sculpture-cum-object, Ta_Volo represents a meeting of two strong and highly distinctive materials: marble and iron. Franz Siccardi’s concept was born...
In Stock 88 Secrets Bar by Nika Zupanc, Contemporary Blush Rose Bar Cabinet
In Stock 88 Secrets Bar by Nika Zupanc, Contempora...
Nika Zupanc
2010s Indian Modern Dry Bars
Metal
Ready to ship - The 88 secrets bar designed by Nika Zupanc for Scarlet Splendour is an elegant and sinuous shaped bar cabinet finished in blush rose with metallic trims in rose gold. Th...
Amura 'Leonard' Sofa and Seating System by Emanuel...
Amura, Emanuel Gargano
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas
Fabric
Leonard Leonard is a seating system created by the aggregation of geometric volumes defined by an elegant silhouette. A continuous line draws the outline of seats, backrests and armr...
Maharam Covered Stool by Scholten & Baijings

By Scholten & Baijings, Maharam
Maharam Covered Stool by Scholten & Baijings
Scholten & Baijings, Maharam
21st Century and Contemporary Japanese Modern Stools
Textile, Wood
Covered Stool by Scholten & Baijings Bright Cube by Scholten & Baijings 102 Crush Tinted beechwood base with Bright Cube textile. Stackable. Made in Japan by Karimoku New Standard. Sc...
Marble Rock Table, Contemporary Marble Dining Table
Marble Rock Table, Contemporary Marble Dining Tabl...
2010s European Modern Console Tables
Marble
This minimalistic piece made from a single block of marble. The likeness of its faceted geometry can be found in nature in raw form. Dimensions: W 140 cm 55.1” D 140 cm 55.1” H 74 c...
'Soleil Urbain' Wall Tapestry by Courroy & Pinton

By Pinton, Courroy (Jean Pierre)
'Soleil Urbain' Wall Tapestry by Courroy & Pinton
Pinton, Courroy (Jean Pierre)
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Tapestries
Wool
Edition 1/3 - For 150 years, Pinton has been making exceptional tapestries, creating contemporary incarnations of the traditional art of Aubusson tapestry making. Models are created to ...
Seletti Sofa "Comfy" Turquoise

By Seletti
Seletti Sofa "Comfy" Turquoise
Seletti
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Sofas
Wood, Cotton, Polyester
From its very first year in 1964, Seletti in Cicognara, Mantova, has followed its principle of professionality service and constant research to strive for betterness innovation and orig...
Arflex Pecorelle Armchair with Fur by Cini Boeri

By Arflex, Cini Boeri
Arflex Pecorelle Armchair with Fur by Cini Boeri
Arflex, Cini Boeri
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Armchairs
Fabric
From the evolution of sofa Strips, we have “Pecorelle”, a version consisting of armchair and small sofa,where the body is positioned on thin black legs, that remember exactly the sheep....
Coffee Table in Marble, by Karen Chekerdjian. Numbered Ed. Italy
Coffee Table in Marble, by Karen Chekerdjian. Numb...
Karen Chekerdjian
2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Marble
Life force, futuristic dynamism, ancestral power. With a cylindrical base and an interchangeable tip aimed at the ground or the sky, Karen Chekerdjian’s creation never belies its marble...
Contemporary Cabinet Coffee Mask, Mixed Woods with...
Hillsideout
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Cabinets
Other
Coffee mask is a cabinet for living room use which is entirely made of handcrafted particularly colorful Amazonian woods with inserts of photographical images, acrylic and Japanese pape...
Tapparelle Desk, Contemporary Design Inspired by A...
Emmanuel Gallina
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Desks and Writing Tables
Oak
Belongs to a timeless collection in wood and draw inspiration from famous writers houses. The desk contrasts the rolling shutter once containing feather and ink to the present day use t...
Trestle, Modern Birch and Powder Coated Steel Round Dining Table

By Harkavy Furniture, Dylan Harkavy, Wesley Harkavy
Trestle, Modern Birch and Powder Coated Steel Roun...
Harkavy Furniture, Dylan Harkavy, Wesley Harkavy
2010s American Modern Dining Room Tables
Steel, Birch
The Trestle - modern birch and powder coated steel round dining table Made from solid birch and welded steel, the Trestle takes inspiration from classic bridge construction and the ...
Sculptural Modern Geometric Coat Rack Handmade and Carved in Blackened Steel
Sculptural Modern Geometric Coat Rack Handmade and...
J.M. Szymanski
2010s American Modern Racks and Stands
This dynamic coat stand also performs as sculpture. A solid cast sphere supports a slender stand which holds five-eight coats. Simple geometries and a unique frame make this a very exci...
Modernist Armchair Revers by Andrea Branzi for Cas...
Andrea Branzi
Late 20th Century Modern Armchairs
This futuristic armchair named Revers was designed by Andrea Branzi for Cassina Milan Italy 1993. The armchair was made of metal grey lacquered and laminated beechwood. Paper label fr...
Pair of Czech Contemporary Medium Goblet Wine Cock...
Felicia Ferrone
21st Century and Contemporary Czech Modern Barware
Glass
A pair of medium Czech contemporary glass handcrafted is the perfect large goblet wine or cocktail glass for drinks. Excellent for any drink or white wine, The modern take on cut gla...
Contemporary Sculpted Plaster Four-Legged Twyla Four Side Table
Contemporary Sculpted Plaster Four-Legged Twyla Fo...
Blanche Jelly
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Plaster
The Twyla side table is made from five hand sculpted plaster forms nested together without hardware. Sealed with lime, the finish is matte and resists spills and stains. To clean scuffs...
Mae Side and End Table

By Crump and Kwash
Mae Side and End Table
Crump and Kwash
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Leather, Cut Glass, Maple, Oak, Walnut
Solid wood frame / hand-turned legs / zero voc oil finish / woven veg tanned leather / 1/2 in circular glass top Dimensions: 24” W x 24” D x 24” H Wood: Walnut, white oak, maple,...
Contemporary Narcissus Pentagon Vase Yellow and Black Terrazzo and Smoked Glass

By Tino Seubert
Contemporary Narcissus Pentagon Vase Yellow and Bl...
Tino Seubert
21st Century and Contemporary British Modern Vases and Vessels
Cut Glass, Brass, Terrazzo
For Solace London's Spring Summer collection press preview in New York, Tino Seubert designed the set for the fashion brands presentation in a Chelsea gallery. The layout included three...
Bay Stool, Handmade Modern Walnut and Rope Woven Seat Counter Stool
Bay Stool, Handmade Modern Walnut and Rope Woven S...
Phloem Studio
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Stools
Rope, Hardwood
Phloem Studio bay stool is a modern contemporary solid walnut wood counter high stool handmade custom to order with turned tapered and shaped legs. Available with a rope woven seat (sho...
Raven Credenza Cabinet with Velvet Calf, Blackened Oak by Christina Z Antonio

By Christina Z Antonio
Raven Credenza Cabinet with Velvet Calf, Blackened...
Christina Z Antonio
2010s American Modern Credenzas
Velvet, Steel, Oak
The RAVEN Credenza celebrates the beauty of unpredictable occurrences in natural materials, combined with the artist’s tailored perspective. This all-leather clad piece was built to sit...
Nola Bed, Customizable Wood, Metal and Resin, Queen Size

By Wüd Furniture Design
Nola Bed, Customizable Wood, Metal and Resin, Quee...
Wüd Furniture Design
2010s American Modern Bedroom Furniture
Metal, Epoxy Resin, Wood
The striking and beautiful Nola bed is our take on the live-edge style. The headboard features a hand-picked solid slab of claro walnut and a zinc encased in epoxy resin edge that has b...
Lapidary Drinks Table

By James Devlin
Lapidary Drinks Table
James Devlin
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Marble
A solid block of Rosso Collemandina marble inset with brass tray. Available in a variety of stone and metal options, as well as in a dining table size.
Nada Debs Patchwork Stackable Jewelry Box, Walnut ...
Nada Debs
21st Century and Contemporary Lebanese Modern Boxes
Mother-of-Pearl, Walnut
Nada Debs patchwork. A stack of drawers; unevenly mounted upon each other with five different inlay pattern on each drawer. Ideally used for jewelry, but too pretty not to be displayed ...
Lightweight Outdoor King Me Stool 'White' by Zachary A.

By Zachary A. Bitner
Lightweight Outdoor King Me Stool 'White' by Zacha...
Zachary A. Bitner
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Stools
Fiberglass
The King Me stool is pictured in our White stone finish. The texture and modern look of concrete make it appropriate for a wide variety of styles and spaces. It is available immediately...
Contemporary Steel "Quad Diamonds" Cocktail Table by Alex Drew & No One 2015
Contemporary Steel "Quad Diamonds" Cocktail Table ...
Alex Drew & No One
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Metal, Steel, Glass, Wood, Walnut
The “Quad Diamonds” cocktail table is from the 2015 collection of Alex Drew & No One. Inspired by traditional craftsmanship while incorporating a modern edge, AD&NO's work plays on ligh...
Supernova Chandelier in Transparent Resin by Jacopo Foggini

By Jacopo Foggini
Supernova Chandelier in Transparent Resin by Jacop...
Jacopo Foggini
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Resin
While working for the family business, Jacopo Foggini discovered the versatile nature of methacrylate, a material generally used in the production of car reflectors. Enchanted by the ae...
Jasper Cabinet

By Wüd Furniture Design
Jasper Cabinet
Wüd Furniture Design
2010s American Modern Cabinets
Bronze, Epoxy Resin, Wood
Materials: Charred white oak, marbled Brz-R (Bronze encased in Epoxy Resin), bronze, steel shelves, blackened steel base. Dimensions: L 76 in. / D 22 in. / H 28 in. Standard size ...
Amuneal’s Loft Bar with Oak and Brass Bar Cabinet,...
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Dry Bars
Brass, Bronze, Steel, Glass, Oak
This beautiful bar cabinet with burnt oak adjustable shelves is part of our loft shelving collection. Our loft posts in blackened gunmetal and fully machined brass fittings in our buffe...
Snake Contemporary Sculptural Wood Bronze Patina R...
Grain
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Home Accents
Bronze, Ash
A large screen composed of solid wood posts with hand-cut hinges and bronze sheet. The form evokes prayer flags or a snaking river. The blue color of the bronze is achieved through a cu...
Handmade Horse Hair and Iron Stool/Bench by Alexandra Kohl and J.M. Szymanski

By J.M. Szymanski, Alexandra Kohl
Handmade Horse Hair and Iron Stool/Bench by Alexan...
J.M. Szymanski, Alexandra Kohl
2010s American Modern Benches
Steel, Fabric, Textile, Iron
Horse-hair textile and blackened iron are combined to form a dynamic juxtaposition of elements. Horse-hair, a medium used for centuries, is handwoven on a floor loom by Alexandra Kohl. ...
Tolix Bi-Cylinder in Steel by Frederic Gaunet

By Tolix, Frederic Gaunet
Tolix Bi-Cylinder in Steel by Frederic Gaunet
Tolix, Frederic Gaunet
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Shelves
Steel
"Created by designer Frédéric Gaunet, the Bi-Cylinder throws light on all of Tolix’s experience and expertise in assembling, stamping, folding and welding aluminium and steel (for the S...
Catia Bench

Catia Bench
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Benches
Leather, Fabric, Walnut
Elemental bench with solid walnut frame and upholstered seat. Available in various standard fabric and leather options as well as COM and COL. Standard with centre seam and welt around ...
"Watching" One-of-a-kind Hand-Knotted Wool Rug by ...
Carpets CC
21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Western European Rugs
Wool
Carpets CC carpets are bespoke in nature, using different kinds of wool and from multiple sources; India, Nepal and Afghanistan. The primary source of wool is from New Zealand, however ...
Flint Revolving Armchair by Jehs & Laub in Fabric ...
Jehs & Laub
21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Armchairs
Leather, Fabric
When it comes to snugness, this delicate occasional easy chair is like the most beautiful of flowers. Its body unfolds like a calyx and is made from one single piece. How is that achiev...
Limited Edition Carpet by Henzel Studio with X Bjarne Melgaard in Wool and Silk

By Bjarne Melgaard, Henzel Studio
Limited Edition Carpet by Henzel Studio with X Bja...
Bjarne Melgaard, Henzel Studio
21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs
Wool, Silk
Limited edition carpet by Henzel Studio with X Bjarne Melgaard in wool and silk. Henzel Studio collaboration with X Bjarne Melgaard. As a part of Henzel Studio's ongoing program ...
Pieces Otto Grey Zig Zag Print Modern Hand Tufted Irregular Shape Rug Carpet
Pieces Otto Grey Zig Zag Print Modern Hand Tufted ...
Pieces
2010s Indian Modern More Carpets
The Otto rug features a fun zig zag edge and matching print, in a soft, neutral color palette. Not another neutral to help ground a room. Rugs that make the room. Hand tufted rug made o...
7 Pillows Armchair in Turquoise by Marcantonio & Mogg

By Mogg, Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba
7 Pillows Armchair in Turquoise by Marcantonio & M...
Mogg, Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba
21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Chairs
Wood
"The chair 7 Pillows is designed by designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba and produced by Mogg brand. Armchair in solid beech wood, available in natural and black paint version, complet...
Loggia Terrazzo Side Table

Loggia Terrazzo Side Table
2010s Italian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
An essential element with a strong stylistic impact that evokes classic and basic lines of Greco-floman architecture, which have influenced the history of the applied arts in the follow...
Limited Edition Carpet by Henzel Studio with Olaf ...
21st Century and Contemporary Nepalese Modern Central Asian Rugs
Wool, Silk
Limited edition carpet by Henzel Studio with Olaf Breuning in wool and silk. Henzel studio collaboration with olaf breuning. Olaf Breuning Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland Liv...
Ramon Ubeda Limited Edition of 1 Sliding Doors Remix Cabinet

By Ramón Úbeda, BD Barcelona Design
Ramon Ubeda Limited Edition of 1 Sliding Doors Rem...
Ramón Úbeda, BD Barcelona Design
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern Cabinets
Wood
Remix sliding door cabinet designed by Ramon Ubeda. Manufactured by BD. Limited Edition of 1. Container, frontals and shelves veneered in natural stained dark oak. Legs in aluminiu...
Pair of Charcoal Kreten Side Tables from Souda, Made to Order

By Souda, Isaac Friedman-Heiman
Pair of Charcoal Kreten Side Tables from Souda, Ma...
Souda, Isaac Friedman-Heiman
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Cement, Felt, Concrete
This listing is for a pair of Kreten Side Tables. The price includes 2 tables as shown in the first image. Industrial, organic and sculptural, the Kreten Side Tables are concrete furni...
Lara Bohinc, Fortress Spire Vase, Iron Ceramic

By Lara Bohinc
Lara Bohinc, Fortress Spire Vase, Iron Ceramic
Lara Bohinc
2010s British Modern Vases and Vessels
Ceramic
Lara Bohinc continues to work with ancient and futuristic forms with new Fortress designs, further exploring the complex geometry of this range. The hexagonal shapes interlock and embra...
Kips Bay Curved Sofa, Designed by Drake Anderson a...
Jouffre
21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Sofas
Fabric, Wood
Kips Bay curved sofa, designed by Drake Anderson and manufactured by Jouffre for the Kips Bay Decorator show house of 2018. Beautiful sleek line wonderful velvet fabric and delicate si...
Amuneal’s Collector’s Wine Shelving and Storage Un...
Amuneal, Amuneal
2010s American Modern Cabinets
Brass, Oak
This single bay collector’s shelving unit highlights our carved oak wine shelves as a perfect way to store and display your favorite bottles. Our precision machined brass fittings make ...
Pair of Display Cabinets by Maison Jansen

By Maison Jansen
Pair of Display Cabinets by Maison Jansen
Maison Jansen
20th Century French Modern Vitrines
Stainless Steel
An elegant pair of four-doors display cabinets in stainless steel and glass lighted from the top parts. Commissioned pieces by Maison Jansen for Hermes New York. Measure: Bottom part h...
Alabaster Backlit Dining Table by Rinck Creation
Rinck
21st Century and Contemporary French Modern Dining Room Tables
Alabaster
Created by Rinck design team, this backlist Alabaster table has won a Best of Year Award by Interior Design Magazine in 2017. This model can seat up to six guests, but custom models ava...
Customizable Sass Side Table Pair from Souda, Shor...
Souda, MPGMB
2010s American Modern Side Tables
Marble, Carrara Marble, Wood, Ash
This listing includes a short Sass side table (16" in height) with a 16" diameter Carrara marble top and a tall side table (20" tall) with a 14" diameter top. The Sottsass-inspired “...
Belgium Solid Cast Bronze Coffee Table, 1985
Belgium Solid Cast Bronze Coffee Table, 1985
Ado Chale, Jean Claude Dresse, In'Form
Vintage 1980s Belgian Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables
Bronze, Stainless Steel
Solid cast bronze coffee table from In'Form. In'Form was a small company specialized in interior decoration. They stopped their activities in the year 1989. The table comes from the ...