What is modern? 

Modern is not a style or a period in time.

'Modern' is a rational effort to solve everyday problems through experimentation - and design. With thoughtful discussion and development the designer is able to expand in new directions and improve on existing ideas. 

We are all familiar with iconic designers of the 20th century, Charles and Ray EamesFlorence Knoll, Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen, but modernists have been around since early man sat on a flat stone covered in animal hide. Later lashing slatted wood together, hand carving the pieces that would become a chair and, eventually, machine turning on a steam driven lathe. Each generation of modernists using its own advancements to solve everyday problems, paving the way for the next.

And modern design is not just about organic forms or clean lines - it is the reflection of the resources and values unique to each era and culture and their place in time. 

Of course use determines the basic form but materials and method of manufacture should reflect the honest expression of the form. Technology, tools, resources at hand - these make the visual quality satisfy the aesthetic sense of beauty and proportion in our psyche - and these comprise modern design.

Curious? Each month in 'What is Modern?' we will explore topics that make modern, modern.

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