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Modern Furniture Design

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances—both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: Modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, Modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”


     Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany. Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs—many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The Modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principles Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chair, and the Eames’s Lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.


     It’s difficult to overstate the influence that Modernism continues to wield over designers and architects—and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

Heated Indoor/Outdoor Cast Stone Evia Lounge, Custom Frame, Bone
By Galanter and Jones
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Cast Stone, Stainless Steel

Contemporary Handcrafted Ottoman "Aktis" in a Meander Form
By ANAKTAE
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Greek Modern

Materials

Upholstery

Modern Hand Carved Blackened Steel Bench with Handwoven Horsehair in Brown
By J.M. Szymanski
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Steel, Iron, Wrought Iron

Established & Sons Drift Bench by Amanda Levete
By Amanda Levete, Established & Sons
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern

Materials

Glass

Oval Bronze Bench by Anastasia Millot, France, 2018
By Anasthasia Millot
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern

Materials

Bronze

Louis Vuitton Bench with Brass Legs
Category

2010s Modern

Materials

Leather

Promemoria Isotta Bench in Beechwood and Fabric Covering by Romeo Sozzi
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Fabric, Beech

Pair of Poul Kjaerholm PK91 Folding Stools Created by E. Kold Christensen
By Poul Kjærholm
Category

Vintage 1970s Danish Modern

Materials

Steel

Established & Sons Tall Step Stool in Wood by Federico Gregorutti
By Established & Sons
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern

Materials

Wood

Custom Lime Green Lucite Bench by Cain Modern
By Cain Modern
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Lucite

Clothespin Molletta Bench in Cedar Wood by Baldessari & Baldessari, Riva 1920
By Baldessari & Baldessari
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Cedar

Custom Bench in Deep Blue and Clear Lucite by Cain Modern
By Cain Modern
Category

21st Century and Contemporary North American Modern

Materials

Lucite

Sculptural Iroko Bench, Arno Declercq
By Arno Declercq
Category

2010s Belgian Modern

Materials

Steel, Other

Minimalist Arch Curved Front Upholstered Bench in Oak by Martin and Brockett
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Oak

Milo Bench
By Marie Burgos Design
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Fabric

LUMA Design Workshop Silo Bench with Light Wood and Black Textured Metal
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Steel

Gotham Bench - Customizable Wood, Metal and Material
By Wüd Furniture Design
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Bronze

Directional Red Upholstered Large Modern Charles Bench Seat Ottoman
By Directional
Category

Late 20th Century North American Modern

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Angelo Donghia "Versailles" Blonde Wood Bench/ Ottoman by John Hutton
By Angelo Donghia
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

Rive Bench Big by Draga & Aurel Cement and Bronze, 21st Century
By Draga & Aurel
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Cement, Brass

Rive Bench Small by Draga&Aurel Cement and Bronze, 21st Century
By Draga & Aurel
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Cement, Brass

Stacks Bench by Another Human, Modern Upholstered Modular Bench, Corduroy Velvet
By Another Human
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Velvet

Contemporary Minimal Bleached Oak Daybed Bench Mirror Polish St. Steel Backrest
By Felicia Ferrone
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Stainless Steel

Contemporary Minimal Black and White Ecowood Veneer Fold Bench, USA
By Felicia Ferrone
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Composition

"Construction" Minimalist Bench in Natural Solid Wood and Painted Steel
By Alessandra Delgado
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Brazilian Modern

Materials

Steel

Axis, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Concrete Cables and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
Category

Early 2000s American Modern

Materials

Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Jupiter XL, Modern Nautical Bench with Industrial Concrete Metal and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Venus, Handmade Modern Industrial Bench with Metal Cables and Black Wood
By Peter Harrison
Category

2010s American Modern

Materials

Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Jupiter, Modern Nautical Bench with Industrial Concrete Metal and Wood
By Peter Harrison
Category

Early 2000s American Modern

Materials

Concrete, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Bench Carlos, Capitonné, Italy
By VG New Trend
Category

2010s Italian Modern

Materials

Plywood, Fabric, Wood

Pouf Carlos, Italy
By VG New Trend
Category

2010s Italian Modern

Materials

Beech, Fir, Plywood

Pouf VG Margaret, Upholstery, Velvet, Italy
By VG New Trend
Category

2010s Italian Modern

Materials

Faux Leather, Fir, Down

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Liquorice and Onyx Fabric by TRNK
By TRNK
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Leather, Fabric

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Midnight and Bayou by Trnk
By TRNK
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Leather, Fabric

Truss Bench in Mixed-Media Greige & Ash by TRNK
By TRNK
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Leather, Fabric

Modern Minimal "Brass Bench" Reclaimed Structural Oak Beams on Brass Frame
By Stefan Rurak Studio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Brass, Steel

Modern Minimal Beam Bench Reclaimed Structural Oak Beams Welded Steel Frame
By Stefan Rurak Studio
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Steel, Steel, Steel

Nilufar Gallery Bench CB01 by Johan Viladrich
By Johan Viladrich
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Modern

Materials

Copper

Nilufar Gallery Guise 4 Spray Bench by Odd Matter
By Odd Matter
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Polystyrene, Paint

Equilibrium Bench in Black Birch and Steel by Guglielmo Poletti
By Rossana Orlandi, Guglielmo Poletti
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Plywood

RS-Barcelona Large You and Me Bench in Oak w Half Cushion in Shell by A.P.O.
By Antoni Pallejà Office, RS Barcelona
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern

Materials

Steel

RS-Barcelona Large You and Me Bench in Oak with White Legs by A.P.O.
By Antoni Pallejà Office, RS Barcelona
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern

Materials

Steel

Nilufar Gallery Archetyping Bench B by Destroyers/Builders
By Destroyers/Builders
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern

Materials

Wood

Nilufar Gallery Archetyping Bench A by Destroyers/Builders
By Destroyers/Builders
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Belgian Modern

Materials

Wood

e15 European Walnut Calle Bench
By E15 Furniture, Philipp Mainzer
Category

2010s German Modern

Materials

Wood, Oak

Beam TV Bench by Damien Gernay & Mogg
By Damien Gernay, Mogg
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Oak

Wellesley Bench in Solid Oak by May Furniture
By May Furniture
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Hardwood

In Stock Wellesley Bench in Solid Black Oak by May Furniture
By May Furniture
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Hardwood

Veronicà Mar S-Bench in Core-Ten Steel
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern

Materials

Steel

Dining Bench LAXseries by MASHstudios
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Modern

Materials

Walnut

St Sulpice Leather Bench Eric Chevallier
By Domeau & Pérès
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Modern

Materials

Aluminum

e15 ELBE III Bench with Signal White Base by Marguerre, Besau and Schöning
By Eva Marguerre, Marcel Besau and Daniel Schöning
Category

21st Century and Contemporary German Modern

Materials

Wood

e15 Tafel Table Bench by Hans De Pelsmacker
By Hans De Pelsmacker
Category

21st Century and Contemporary German Modern

e15 Sitz Bench by Jörg Schellmann
By Jörg Schellmann
Category

21st Century and Contemporary German Modern

Raphael Navot Poh Patchwork Oval Hemisphere Bench in Walnut by Cappellini
By Cappellini, Raphael Navot
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern

Materials

Poplar, Walnut

The Poet Bench
By BD Barcelona Design, Alfredo Häberli 1
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern

Materials

Steel

The Poet Bench
By BD Barcelona Design, Alfredo Häberli 1
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Modern

Materials

Steel

Amura 'Tiffany' Bench in Ivory and Red by Luca Scacchetti
By Amura
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern