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Modern comes in many forms, but here are developments to keep in mind:


Mid-century modern is having a moment, but it's not all about "Mad Men." We’re feeling nostalgic, which may account for the popularity of Edison light bulbs and Mason jars. Manufacturers are meeting this demand. One Collection has revived the 45 Chair from Danish designer Finn Juhl, and M2L has reissued the discontinued 1972 Deep Tuft sectional sofa from designer Harvey Probber.

Bold colors

Just because you're a modernist doesn't mean your only option is white. Colored chairs from Bernhardt, bold wallcovering from Trove and vibrant lighting from Niche Modern were among the many bright-hued options at the show. Contemporary colored lighting is especially strong.

Multifunctional design

Architects often talk about rooms that accommodate multiple functions, and industrial designers are taking note, such as Ecotono's Feeler pendant light with an integrated Bluetooth speaker, Mio Feltforms decorative panels that double as acoustic tiles, and Oso Industries' concrete Rollerboy rolling table/stool/ottoman.


Warm and attractive, wood is the preferred material for furniture makers; modern designers are simply playing with new forms. Examples of this strategy include Todd St. John's Relief credenza, Benjamin Klebba's Swift chair and Thos. Moser's Cumberland chair, among many others.


Industrial designer Dieter Rams once said, "Good design is as little design as possible." Some designers take this literally, introducing products that seem barely designed and barely there. The Zelda 2 pendant from Bec Brittain, for example, is a slim fixture made of brass tubes and thin LED bulbs. Bocci expanded the Series 22 minimalist flush-mount outlets, and Hollis + Morris introduced the ultra-minimalist Bennington pendant.

Geometric forms

Not all modernists prefer straight lines; angles and geometric shapes are trending, including Tagina’s large-format Details hexagon tiles. "There's been a strong return to geometric forms across furniture, lighting, textiles and surfacing, which can also be seen in the new collections from Italian tile companies," says Armando Cafiero, managing director of Confindustria Ceramica, the trade group representing Italian tile manufacturers. "In particular, hexagons are experiencing a kind of rebirth."

Industrial chic

Products catering to consumers looking for an authentic industrial vibe have been growing in popularity for years. Sun Valley Bronze showed the solid bronze Pendant Pulley light, THG offered the Beaubourg collection that pays homage to vintage hub-and-pipe system, and Watermark Designs expanded the Elan Vital industrial line for the kitchen. "

Source: Washington Post


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