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Week 3 Modernism in Interior Design



In the third week of The Origin of Design class, we were dealing with deeper concept of design. Based on our topic in this week, the Connections between Graphics in Modern and Historical Era, we had analyzed the meaning of modern design and its implication for the mainstream design-practice development from a socio-cultural perspective. I have learned the difference of modern and modernism concept. In this post, I will explain deeper about modernism in interior design. How modernism influence interior design this day? What is meant by less is more in modern interior design?

Modernism within Interior Design


Modern style Master Bathroom features lava rock and view of Hollywood hills

With the advances of technology Modernism began to break through at the end of the 19th century into the beginning to the 20th century. Western society began to develop new ways to shape human culture and improve the constructed environment.  The power of machines forced artists to strategically re-think their practice, the results were revolutionary and still influences designers to this very day.

No doubt, modernism have influenced human life and supported modern life-style. As I mentioned, modernism even exist in interior design style, it is called modern interior design. Modern design stated as less is more because it seems increases space and creates the illusion of a larger room. Well, as ‘form follows function’, modern interiors are sleek, spacious, simple, and focus on function and organization.  No clutter or chaos allowed.  Modern design uses basic geometry (simple edges, curves and angles) and clean lines in furniture, architecture and sculpture.  This style grew from the idea to build for function, to do without traditional decoration, and to embrace industrial materials like chrome, glass and concrete, which new technologies make available.

How about the furniture? As you can see the picture beside, the furniture is streamlined with polished, smooth and sleek surfaces.  Pieces are simple, uncluttered, built for economy of form, and to serve a purpose.  Furniture pieces are kept to a bare minimum.  The driving design concept is honesty: keeping structure and building material in plain view.  Sustainability is gaining importance.   More designers are reclaiming materials for use in modern design, and building from renewable resources.

What about Accessories and color in Modern Design? Art, rather than accessories, has a firm place in modern interiors. No cute little trinkets or blankets tossed over the furniture. Rather, art pieces are carefully chosen for their unique appeal, and to serve as a focal point in a space.  Geometric-patterned or plain area rugs provide accent colors and accentuate the bold look of modern interiors. From its beginnings, modern designers embraced pure color — black, white, and neutrals with vibrant primary colors.  Today, color schemes still use white and neutrals, with colorful accents. Colors enhance the overall impact of your space.



Modern Design: Discover the Joy of Simple, Clean, Uncluttered Space



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