Modern furniture can mean many things to different people. It might be an ultra-sleek box-like construction with plain fabric or leather upholstery or perhaps vintage furniture, such as G Plan or Shaker style that has been given a modern twist with funky, bold colors or stripes.
Multifunctional modern furniture
That being said, modern furniture often has a uniqueness and quirkiness about it. Much of the furniture being designed today has to be purely functional, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Space, for example, is better utilized and one piece of furniture is designed to do double up and serve a second purpose. There is also a simplicity to modern furniture that lends sophistication to a room and saves it from appearing too cluttered. With its mixture of materials, it is also likely to compliment other design features in an existing room, whether it is wooden flooring or wall color. Choosing quality pieces of modern furniture can really add value to a room, last for a lifetime and be a sound financial investment, with designer name items actually increasing in worth.
Types of modern furniture
Mirrored furniture is currently very popular; it not only adds a layer of sophistication, but helps make a room seem larger and feel airier, as do items that feature glass, such as a glass dining table. Mirrored or glass pieces include chests of drawers, wardrobes, dressing tables and coffee tables.TV stands or media centers are a modern home essential, as are sofas that do not conform to a traditional two or three seat style, but make use of corners by having L-shapes and with one of the seats being longer than the rest to make a chaise longue.
Stunning modern pieces
Some of the items exhibited at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York featured truly unique designs. Naked bulbs are very ‘on-trend’ at the moment, with chandeliers encased in huge Edison bulbs. Fun is being combined with style in gaming tables as furniture; for example, a large table whose top comes off to reveal a pool table beneath or a foosball table that doubles as a simple table. Furniture that combines different materials is also proving fashionable, such as a dining table that combines wood, metal and stone.
To save on space, one designer has created a floating wall desk, which does away with legs and is cleverly fixed to the wall; it has a pull-out shelf for a keyboard. Another designer has put an entire bedroom into a box by making use of modules. Each module is designed to pull out from the frame and accommodates a double bed, wardrobe, night stand, spotlight and ambient lighting.
Wonderful to look at and user-friendly is the piano hanger, a coat rack with hinged wooden hooks that are pulled down to hang coats on, but which fold flat against the wall when not in use. Or how about a bed that rocks? A bedframe is secured to two oval metal tubes, so that the occupant can rock himself or herself to sleep.
Guest article by Aimee Claire