This is a resource for vintage design, modern design and contemporary
design furniture, interiors, architecture, art, technology, consumer products and more.
We have not had the time to add photos of vintage modern furniture, interiors,
architecture, technologies and products that were "cutting edge" in their day. Here are some terms related to
the designs we will be highlighting.
Abstract - Having an intellectual and affective artistic content that depends
solely on intrinsic form rather than on narrative content or pictorial representation.
Art Deco - A decorative and architectural style of the period 1925-1940, characterized by
geometric designs, bold colors, and the use of plastic and glass.
Classic - Formal, refined, and restrained in style.
Danish Modern Design - Another kind of 20th-century furniture, more closely linked with the Arts
and Crafts Movement, was produced in England and Scandinavia. The makers of this practical, comfortable furniture
looked to the past for inspiration.
Geometric - Using simple geometric forms such as circles and squares in design and decoration.
Modern - Of or relating to a recently developed or advanced style, technique, or technology:
modern art; modern medicine.
Original - Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual.
Pop Culture - Contemporary lifestyle and items that are well known and generally accepted,
cultural patterns that are widespread within a population.
Post Modern - Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier
modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist
styles or practices to extremes
Retro - Fashion, decor, design, or style reminiscent of things past.
Scandinavian Design - Traditionally, Scandinavian design has been associated with simple,
uncomplicated designs, functionality and a democratic approach. These are the characteristics that must be
reassessed in the light of recent research on modernism. In any case, Scandinavian design provides us with a
paradigm in order to understand the making of the modern world, and we see that it still has meaning for people the
world over. The concept has been a substantial theme for scholarly debates, enlightening exhibitions and marketing
agendas for the last fifty years.
Swedish Design - The foundations of contemporary Swedish design were laid by a national cultural
awakening and powerful currents in the arts in the final decades of the 19th century, around the turn of the
century and in the early 20th century. Those seeking to trace the history of Swedish design like to dwell on two
legendary years. 1930 was the year of the great Stockholm exhibition*, which marked the breakthrough of
functionalism in Sweden. In 1955 the great ideal home exhibition, H55*, took place in Helsingborg in southern
Sweden, where a lot of the things that the world now thinks of as Swedish design and craftmanship were put on
display. Even now, H55 is a source of inspiration for many young designers. --