Designers today continue to seek new materials and innovative ways to use them, which means that furniture designs continue to evolve and never become entangled in the rigidity of tradition.
Modern designers can focus on delivering maximum comfort in new ways. Traditional design often sacrificed comfort for appearance, but modern designers are not bound by those traditions.
Comfort also comes from the pride of owning a unique piece of furniture. In living rooms, bedrooms, and offices, modern furniture has become art, prized for its unique quality as well as its comfort and functionality.
Many of today’s best furniture designers are Italian and come from a tradition that began after World War II when large swaths of Italy had been destroyed and the greatest challenge was to rebuild much of the country. The rebuilding spurred design innovation in areas from architecture to industry to furniture.
Design innovation reached a high point in Italy during the 1960s, then slipped into a period of minimalism during the following decade until designer Ettore Sottsass founded the Memphis Group in 1981, which rebelled against the minimalist era and produced bright colored furniture and other pieces. The Memphis Group brought its colorful and often shocking designs to products that ranged from typewriters to cars to furniture.
The Italian tradition of producing high-quality modern furniture is carried on today by designers like Rodolfo Bertozzi, who designs spectacular Italian leather sofas for Polaris.
Sleek, clean lines of the modern living room
In modern living room furniture, sofas, coffee tables, and chairs feature sleek, clean lines without the ornamental features of traditional pieces. The designs are focused on functionality and comfort, offering spaces for lounging as well as sitting.
With wide armrests and slender chrome feet, the popular Malaga Italian Designer Leather Sofa appears to be floating above the floor. This handmade Bertozzi-designed sofa features a wood frame, comfortable polyurethane foam filling, and is available in 50 colors.
Other modern living room furniture also has shaken off the standard old designs. The Navile Contemporary Coffee Table, for example, definitely is not your grandmother’s coffee table. The folds and curves of the glass top and base truly make the table the artistic centerpiece of any living room. The tabletop can be clear glass or painted black or white.
Ultimate comfort is the goal of The Perfect Chair 95 by Human Touch. Available in nine leather and two suede colors, the chair is designed with an adjustable headrest and so those who sit down can achieve a neutral position recommended by doctors.
On a different note, the Alaskan Stainless Steel Chair, designed by Cattelan Italia and constructed entirely of stainless steel, is sure to become the artistic centerpiece of any living room. The rugged, polished design and strong lines evoke the starkness of the tundra.
Platform beds lead the way in bedroom furniture
In the bedroom, modern platform beds have brought elegance and new features. As with modern living room furniture, platform beds can become a bedroom centerpiece instead of simply … READ MORE