Eco Design Living – While modern design furniture is all for simple aesthetics, non-ornamental surfaces, a shift from bulk to light, it is now also about practicality and eco-conservation. A whole new science, is now also applied, that will continue to evolve into what becomes ultra-modern or futuristic approaches for furniture production.
Design style, structure, material qualities, the life of the product and recycling, all come into play. The goal to create simplistic objects with minimal or no ornament needs to be fuelled by efficiency.
How well a piece of furniture performs may be easily outweighed by the means it would take to produce it or mass produce it.
Functionally Motivated Design – Taking midcentury classic furniture design, for example. Wood and steel were perhaps the easiest materials to work with.
To this day, when we think of furniture, we think wood and metal, and also glass. Modern Design Furniture today tap on precious materials such as aluminum and plastic compositions. For a time, aluminum was difficult to obtain which made it even more precious than gold. It is widely used today for furniture due to its qualities, such as its resistance to the elements and how easy it is to work with. It can be formed or casted and it can also be brushed or polished to a brilliant mirror-like shine. Its diverse properties and many qualities attract new-product designers.
Precious Plastics Furniture – The way plastic is processed is pretty much same as how glass is processed. Its materials are combined, melted and purified and the quality lies on how pure the material is made to be. Plastics’ raw materials and additives are combined to produce preferred material qualities to use for furniture design. We can think of plastic as a direct result of modernism. It has been widely used through the years as it can subjected to a variety of ancillary operations after forming and cooling such as welding, extrusion, adhesive bonding, machining, surface painting and metal surfacing. A modern plastic chair can be entirely formed with plastic. In its early stages from the sixties through the seventies, plastics were used to produce household goods and consumers welcomed this idea.
Fine Plastic Tables and Chairs – One can look to Italian brands such as Kartel, the pioneering company for plastic housewares and moved on into furniture design, Bonaldo and Magis for a good amount of plastics designs from the likes of top designers Philippe Starck, Karim Rashid, D’Urbino e Lomazzi, Dondoli e Pocci, and Ron Arad names a few.