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Modern Style Furniture

In our last post, we talked about William and Mary style furniture. Today, we’ll talk about Modern style furniture. To begin, we’ll be talking about some facts, the beginning of this particular style, and what sets it apart from other furniture styles.


Before the 19th century, furniture designs were usually elaborate, but not always very functional. The designs, woods used, and time the artisans took to make the piece is what determined the price of each piece. Modern furniture was a major game changer when it came to be, in about the late 19th century. One of the founders of this style, a Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, described it this way, “A great epoch has begun. There exists a new spirit.” Moving past the traditions of history, Modern furniture was all about being light in color and form.

Modern Style Characteristics

The Modern style had been heavily influenced by the German Werkbund and Bauhaus schools. The objective of these schools was to make good designs accessible to everyone, not just those who could truly afford to. Let’s talk about some characteristics that set Modern furniture apart from the rest of history.

Smooth Surface

Modern means simple. What better way to be simple than to have a clean, smooth surface? The material that is used does not matter.

Little To No Decorations

Here’s an interesting fact about Modern style furniture: functional pieces often play a decorative role as well!

Many Different Materials

Modern style furniture can be made out of many different types of materials such as wood, high gloss wood, glass, plastic, or stainless steel.

Mid-Century Modern Style

This style period began roughly around the 1930s-1960s. Mid-Century Modern style is the current style. It is based on the previous Modern style. Here are a few features and tidbits about the Mid-Century Modern style we know and love today:

  • Functionality is important.
  • Messy, cluttered designs are not favorable.
  • Sleek lines and edges and geometric shapes are uniform.
  • Minimal decorations/ornamentation.
  • Use of traditional and non-traditional materials.
  • Use of contrasting materials.

It can be seen that Modern style and Mid-Century Modern style are almost one in the same. No matter what style of furniture you love to use, there’s always an interesting history to it! Stay tuned for our upcoming blogs to keep exploring the many styles of furniture and how they came to be. And if you’re looking for a specific piece of furniture or a specific style, contact us at (910) 488-7004! We’d be happy to keep an eye out for what you’re looking for.

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