Elemental and unadulterated. The Modern Minimalist collection marries the two aforementioned ideas, to capture the best of both worlds.
“Modern” refers to furniture made in the late 1800s up until now. The style is not defined by being new or updated, as the literal definition would suggest, but instead by its rebellion against the heavily ornamented, and gaudy styles of previous eras. Modern furniture is known for its simplicity of design, sharper edges, and smooth surfaces, so polished metal, solid colors, and straight lines are also common elements you’ll come across.
Another example of modern can be seen in the skeletal structures. Notice the stark difference from the rounded-off,textured style of woodwork, that was very common in the Baroque, and Victorian times.
The Minimalist school of thought shares a similar background story as the Modernites, in trying to shift focus to form over aesthetic appeal. The goal is to allow for greater visual impact, and contrast, and to remove any symbolism from works.
The concept of minimalist architecture is to strip everything down to its bare-minimum. All extras are reduced to a stage where the design is considered complete as it stands.
Right around the time the American economy was booming at the turn of the 19th century, the Modern and Minimalist zeitgeist was well placed for reaching the masses. Philip Johnson, Founder of the MoMA Department of Architecture and Design, discusses this further: "Functionally motivated and follows the same principles as modern architecture: machine-like simplicity, smoothness of surface, avoidance of ornament.... It is perhaps the most fundamental contrast between the two periods of design that in 1900, the Decorative Arts possessed."
Modern designers you might be familiar with are Sean Dix, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris(aka Le Corbusier), and Marcel Breuer.
France and Son’s Modern Minimalist collection showcases the artistic symmetry of the Modern furniture movement, and the captivating visual simplicity ideal to all your favorite Minimalist works. Peruse the best the genre has to offer, and capture that light, airy, and classically sophisticated vibe synonymous with both Modern AND Minimalist.