If you want to be able to pinpoint your style inspiration, it’s helpful to know the major furniture design trends from the last century, and therefore, we need to sometimes look back and discover how today’s designs were born. It will also help you to sound very informative and super designer-like the next time your friends visit! Today’s blog post is kindly presented by BROSA FURNITURE, where designer pieces are delivered straight to you from the makers, without the expensive price tag. They are based in Melbourne.
If you have a look around your house, you are bound to find furniture inspired by a great design trend of the past. Whether you got that furniture new from a retailer, or second hand from an Op shop, it will have a story to tell. If you want to be able to pinpoint your style inspiration, it’s helpful to know the major furniture design trends from the last centry.
From 1900 to the 1940s, there were several trends that would go on to inspire much of the design we know today. Art Nouveau was classically beautiful, with flowing lines and ornamental designs. This trend resulted in some very pretty furniture. In Germany in 1919 Bauhaus sprang forth from a famous art and design school. It couldn’t have been more original. Focused purely on functionality, the simple forms were easily mass-produced. Inspired by post-war life, Art Deco took over. The style was present in fashion, art and architecture, making it very recognisable.
WHERE MODERN BEGAN
Mid Century Modern design was straightforward and no-nonsense. While we might call it “retro” now it was unlike anything that came before it. It was minimalist and functional. Materials used in the past were more often than not dark, polished woods. But Mid Century Modern called for modern materials like chrome, formica and vinyl. With modern materials came the ability to mass-produce designer furniture. Furniture like armchairs began to resemble pieces of art. Many Mid Century Modern pieces are now collector’s items.
Scandinavian design was present during much of the 20th Century. It lasted from the thirties until the seventies. But it has continued to influence much of the furniture we see today. Being Modernist, Scandinavian furniture was both functional and could be easily mass-produced. The designers of Scandinavian furniture thought it important that good furniture be available to all. The affordability of Scandinavian design owed a lot to modern improvements in cheap materials. Lighter coloured woods and simple, natural shapes were important to Scandinavian design.
Late 20th Century Rebellion became hip in the sixties lasting until the eighties. Rebellion was loud, bright and unapologetic. Designers used clashes of bright colours and wild patterns to inspire. Colours like yellow and green were hugely popular. Patterns from paisley, polka dots to stripes became the norm. Towards the end of this period, monochromatic rooms were livened up with bright and unusual armchairs or sofas.
As we prepared for the new millennium, design seemed to nurse its Rebellion hangover with Minimalism. Like in Scandinavian design, woods were lighter and fabrics were calmer. Furniture took on a more comfortable form. Subdued colour palettes of neutrals and pastels became popular.
The new millennium didn’t give us silver-clad sofas or digital wallpaper like in the movies. Instead, we reflected on past trends and embraced those aspects that best suit our modern lifestyles. Sustainability is now an important factor when choosing furniture. Mass-production made the coolest furniture available to everyone. And replica furniture means we can have a little piece of design history for a fraction of the price.
From the intricacy of Art Nouveau to the natural materials of Scandinavian, there is a little of everything in the furniture design of today.
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Eriana & Lyndie