Interpreting Modern Design

Modern design, when it is used in reference to contemporary interior design, refers to clean straight lines in the furniture, stainless steel and/or chrome as well as other metals, minimalism as in the simplest and fewest elements used to create the maximum effect, lack of clutter, and usually primary colors used as accents with black, white or neutral furniture.

If we think of modern design less of a period of time (generally late 1950’s, 1960’s and early 1970’s) and more of a trend that may be defined as contemporary design, then the evolution is more cyclical.  Design elements such as certain types of furniture return, like the Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, the Mies Van Derrohe Barcelona chair or the Eames chair, but perhaps in a different material than when they were previously en vogue.  There have been more recent trends that I think fall into modern design, like a more traditional frame that gets painted with a fresh contemporary color and reupholstered in a bold and unconventional fabric.

Egg Chair

Eames Chair

Barcelona Chair

I believe that architecture influences the interiors of its structures.  A structure attracts a person to its style, as in a contemporary high rise will attract a person that likes a more European modern style, while an industrial style loft with attract a person who loves mixing factory cart coffee tables with a rustic modern dining table.  In the more traditional houses we will see the style is more mixed modern pieces with transitional style furniture pieces.

The below design is an urban loft where we mixed the client’s vast art collection with clean lined upholstered sofa with several black leather and chrome chairs, a grey Eero Saarinen Womb chair, as well as a ghost chair, strong examples of “modern” furniture.

Interior by John Ishmael of Nandina Home & Design

Interior by John Ishmael of Nandina Home & Design

Whether you love modern, transitional or traditional design, Nandina Home & Design can help create your ideal space. Visit us in Aiken or Atlanta soon to get started on making your home everything you hope it could be.

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