While it is common of us to hear terms like modern and contemporary furniture, but few people know the differences between the two. Let’s have a brief look at the two.

Modern Furniture

Modern furniture refers to furniture created from the late 19th century through the present that is influenced by modernism. Post-World War II ideals of cutting excess, commodification, and practicality of materials in design heavily influenced the aesthetic of the furniture.

This was an incredible change from the furniture design that existed before it. This aesthetic was in the opposite direction of decorative arts like Art Nouveau, Neoclassical, and Victorian. With this, the form of furniture changed from being visually heavy to visually light. This shift from decorative to minimalist principles of design can be attributed to the introduction of new technology, changes in philosophy, and the influences of the principles of architecture.

Some well-known examples of modern furniture are Eames Lounge Chair Wood, Eileen Gray side table and Le Corbusier Chaise Longue.

Contemporary furniture

While Modern design refers to a period of time, Contemporary design is ever changing. Today contemporary furniture designers and manufacturers continue to evolve design. The aesthetic of contemporary furniture also seeks use of new materials, with which to produce unique forms. It continues employing simplicity and lightness of form, in preference to heavy ornament. And most importantly, it’s still endeavouring to step beyond what has gone before to create entirely new visual experiences for us.

The designs that prompted this paradigm shift were produced in the middle of the 20th century, most of them well before 1960. And yet they are still regarded internationally as symbols of the modern age, the present and perhaps even the future. Modern Classic Furniture became an icon of elegance and sophistication.