A classic modern design is often as much sculptural as it is functional. The roots of this particular aesthetic can be traced back to German and Scandinavian architecture and design. At the advent of the 20th century, it was seen as an answer to the previous century’s reliance on abstract and experimental art forms. Designers and artists wanted to get back to a closer reproduction of the natural world.
Modern Style became vogue in the middle of the industrial revolution, so it shares many elements common during that time. Clean lines, both vertical and horizontal, and an open concept, take precedence over the ornate and all things frilly. Modern literally has a little edge to it.
While earthy tones are a hallmark of the Modern Style, composite materials also began to take hold during the period. Fiberboard, cardboard and synthetic leather are common because they’re inexpensive, simple and practical. But again the industrial influence has roots in the style, so brushed aluminum, polished Stainless Steel, glass and plastic are also big parts of the look.