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A Look At Classic Versus Contemporary Furniture

Jun 8, 2008
Classic furniture has a very dignified, structured look and feel to it - think of the millions of dining chairs with the ubiquitous straight back, four straight legs and cushioned seat. These chairs are have dominated dining rooms all over world for decade upon decade, virtually undisturbed by modern notions of furniture design because of their sturdy structure and ability to stack away any extras for emergency use later on.

This is how families cope with extra holiday dinner guests, how they ensure that there is enough space in the dining room and essentially the standard that they based their entire home decoration scheme upon. Classic furniture has no inherent flaws, and this is why is perseveres to this day.

Contemporary design, which essentially means any furniture designs that have been created since the Second World War, is the modern take on a human necessity. Designers who followed the classic, traditional era of design are now and have been tempted to open up the drawing board to very new and different ideas. It is the natural progression of any professionals, particularly in the art and design world; contemporary furniture certainly has caused a great deal of debate and even though this is not always pleasant it has at least introduced artistic devotion to many households and individuals who may not have had such insight otherwise.

The real goal of contemporary furniture designers is to break down the structure that past designers had relied on for countless years. Instead of purely filling a functional purpose, modern designers realised that furniture pieces could not only be constructed as load-bearing structures, but as artistic, almost whimsical works that happened to serve a purpose but were perhaps thought-provoking as well.

Designers of contemporary furniture felt that their designs were more reflective of modern society than their outdated classical predecessors; for some people this held true however there are still plenty of classic furniture buyers who are loath to adopt newer models of their functional structures.

Those who have latched onto the idea of contemporary furniture are thought to generally be the sort of people who are also very interested in art and literature; while this is often true the fact is that many people have purchased contemporary furniture individually because a certain piece caught their eye. You can find swivel Egg Pod chairs or hand-shaped loveseats amidst classic furniture in many homes as people realise that there are contemporary furniture sometimes suits their personalities and surrounding decor.

The move from classic to contemporary furniture is perhaps not as swift as original designers might have wished, but the move is being made, often one chair or barstool at a time.
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Stella Stevens is an expert in the modern and contemporary furniture industry.
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