Modernism actually had tentative roots in France in the mid-twentieth century, during which time certain cultural and philosophical groups questioned all aspects of traditional forms of art, architecture, literature and religions. Austerely functional in form, some might even term it stark, modernism stripped away anything strictly ornamental, focusing instead on replacing the old with the new. Emphasizing the machine age philosophy of the mid-50s, furniture designers celebrated new ideologies and technological developments, with polished surfaces, sleek profiles, pure geometric shapes and asymmetrical forms. Modern interior design for a living room is clean and minimalist, where lines and profiles are sleek and angular or uniquely asymmetrical. This style typically uses neutral palettes. It can also be bold and dramatic, with punches of color used as exclamation points in the room’s decor. Windows are often devoid of window treatments of any kind. In addition to bleached woods, glass and highly polished metals like steel and aluminum, other popular construction materials for furnishings include colorful plastics, melamine, Formica and fiberglass. Accessories such as accent pillows and ornaments are kept to a minimum.
Article taken from http://blog.theunfinishedfurniture.com/2011/06/08/modernism
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