We at Nelson Bridge, pride ourselves on being a “bridge to modern design”. We strive to demystify modern and make it a more approachable option for today’s home, even when your home may not be in “The Modern Style”. So, what is “modern” anyway, and where did it come from?
Modernism came out of the industrial revolution. It glorified the object for what it was and what it did and tended to eliminate ornate detail from objects of old. “Form follows function” is a term usually attributed to Modern, as is the famous statement by the French architect, Le Corbusier, about houses being “machines for living”. Some look at Modernism with disdain; for them, it is too utilitarian, pure of form and lacking personality. But Modernism has come a long way from its beginnings. Current modern designers continue to respect the importance of form as it relates to an object’s function but have explored whimsical interpretations and more open attitudes. It is out of this realm of “modern” that Nelson Bridge grew.
While modern objects and furniture continue to stand out for their purity of form and the accent they put on texture and materials, the personality of the new modern is able to intermingle with both old and new spaces. Our modern objects talk about how we live today and therefore they can coexist with the objects from our earlier lives and earlier times. Modern designers have recognized that fact, as is evident throughout our store. Today’s modern designed objects have their own personality that allows them to be easily incorporated as another cherished element, no matter the style of your home.
In order to bring modern sensibilities into your environment, there are few key principles to consider:
* Balance – Modern design is all about the balance of open spaces and functional, furniture and accessories. Unlike traditional design that favors a more cluttered, layered look, the modern interior is more about the positive and negative spatial balance.
* Solid Colors– Strong color statements are often an important element of modern design. Wall color provides the backdrop for the design and accent colors provide the personality. Since the modern interior is pared down, color can infuse that extra bit of style and character that one would typically communicate through the use of accessories and stylistic detail.
* Geometric Patterns – Patterns are generally kept to a minimum in the modern interior, however, when pattern is used, it is often in a bold geometric way. The geometric patterns serve as a counterpoint to the streamlined functionality of the furniture and architecture.
* Materials – Modern design relies heavily on sleek materials such as stainless steel, glass, leather and durable plastics. The intrinsic character of the material is more important than its finish. Instead of disguising the functional materials with fabrics, patterns and paint, modern interiors highlight the beauty of functional materials in the architecture, fixtures, furniture and accessories.
People can often feel intimidated by modern design’s sleekness; however, once you begin to understand the principles behind the choices, the true beauty of modern style shines through.