What would the world look like today if modern design never happened? Modern furniture with its wonderful variations of imaginative and colorful designs missing seems more like a nightmare than anything else. The seemingly impossible stretch of physical realities and the exploration of materials never thought of before in ways never before imagined, how cruel!
Imagine no “Egg Chair” by Arne Jacobsen or the “Nimbus Table Collection” by Niels Joergen Haugesen with their wonderful encapsulation of physical space and the puzzling together of fun and functional geometric shapes. The wonderful neon colors that ignite a room with flaming pinks and brilliant oranges made into squishy ottomans next to white lacquer Italian side tables. Playful, modern furniture design did something beyond just decorate our lives, it caused us to stop and consider an alternative to what has always been.
Modern design considers both form and function as being of equal importance. So as an elegantly swooped asymmetrical sofa is dramatic and packs a huge design wallop, it also needs to be comfortable allowing us to be able to easily take care of it. The finishes and the materials used are important and modern furniture designers integrate these into their designs.
Modern furniture is also based on ergonomics and the human form. Often used as a basis for design, furniture needs to be a contributor to our health as well. With no modern furniture, furniture might still being designed and produced that seem to not take as important the comfort of the human being using it. Modern furniture designers have first and foremost in their minds who they are designing for and how it will be used. They also paid careful attention to including both organic materials and forms.
Modern furniture also came about in a time of history when homes needed to use space more efficiently and the best way to do this is by providing storage. We also did not want to fuss with cleaning and looked for less fussy details to attend to in order to maintain a home. An all velvet couch with down feather pillows that needs to be fluffed every time someone gets up works better with a strict Victorian concept of children who are seen and not heard and women who stay home and take care of the house all day. With both parents working, our lifestyles have changed and so have our demands for our furniture.
Life without modern furniture, no way!