artSparx.com - Modern Style. Interior design knowledge for the creative lifestyle.

Stemming from the Bauhaus and the International Style, the Modern Style develops its distinctive character by incorporating elements of Art Deco, Cubism, The Abstract, mostly in Paintings, and Pop Art with the successful ability to address the needs of contemporary society post WWII. With the advent of television, pop culture enters into the common home along with the styles, needs and wants of the every day man.

In the Modern interior, plain white walls with no moldings and narrow baseboards are de rigueur. Window frames should be simple. Huge picture windows, even walls of glass, are emblematic of this style. The floor plan should be as open as possible, and the space divided with modular furniture, low cabinets or bookcases or perhaps a partial wall made of glass bricks.


Lithos Venetian Plaster

Finishing Venetian Plaster with natural polished marble effect

In Stock

Lithos is the contemporary version of the famous ancient Stucco Veneziano. It is a beautiful and highly refined decorative finish for hotels, offices, shops, exhibition halls, living rooms, etc. Ideal for all types of interior surfaces such as cement renders, Gypsum plasters, prefabricated panels wood and its by-products, as long as sufficiently smooth. With the range of colours and the applicator’s capacity and inspiration, it is possible to attain a variety of designs and chromatic effects. The resulting coating, in addition to being highly attractive, is abrasion resistant and washable.

Spread rate: 35 to 45 sq. ft. per quart.

0.8 - 1.0 kg/m² (for a recommended dry film thickness of 1,0 mm)

Buy Now!


modern style

The most fascinating and fun part of the Modern style are the variety and exuberance of the furnishings. From Le Corbusier's cube armchair to Serridan's egg and swan chairs, the modern period produced an explosion of innovative, imaginative and lovely furniture forms. Favorite pieces: modular sofas in tubular steel and black leather, Eames chairs, daybeds after Mies van der Rohe, and stacking chairs and tables of any kind. If a touch of warmth is desired, choose leather upholstery in an earth tone.


Elements of Modern Style

Metallic Finishes

White metals, including Silver, Palladium and white gold leaf, as well as Imitation Silver leaf, can tyrasform a Modern interior to reflect your contemporary style.

Feature tutorial. The 'Silver Leaf Gilding'. Silver leaf finishes on walls and ceilings are perfectly suited for the Modern Style interior. As an accent wall or detail on furniture or objects, this easy step-by-step tutorial helps you get the job done right the first time.


Modern Stlye Inspirations


Walls:

Walls are simple, with out moldings or embellishment; painted white or neutral tones. The use of glass as walls becomes an important innovation in Modern Style, largely due to the advent of new material use, like steel, in construction. Glass bricks are installed, often in combination with raw concrete - for that Le Corbusier touch. Contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop art add life and organic interest to the clean angularity of modern design.

modern style furniture

Walls are simple, with out moldings or embellishment; painted white or neutral tones. The use of glass as walls becomes an important innovation in Modern Style, largely due to the advent of new material use, like steel, in construction. Glass bricks are installed, often in combination with raw concrete - for that Le Corbusier touch. Contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop art add life and organic interest to the clean angularity of modern design.


Furniture:

Clean lines. Contemporary materials

modern style furniture

Modern Classic

Designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in 1927. These chairs are made of solid flat stainless steel which has been bent into form, welded and polished to a shine.


Floors:

Natural elements become the mainstay. Wood, stone, brick, and cork compliment the open, airiness of modern interiors, adding just the right amount of natural organics to compliment the concrete and glass structure. Abstract patterned rugs, such as kilim rugs, help soften the linearity and add character to the modern interior./p>


modern style lighting

Lighting:

A contemporary, industrial approach is often appropriate. Track lighting, in combination with recessed ceiling cans or halogen ceiling spots, are utilized to direct light onto specific areas of the interior. For example, spotlighting a painting or centering an open plan room by emphasizing an object with a focused light beam. Smaller lamps will add interest. Items like globe lamps, or tubular lamps, for example. Truly, anything simple and industrial can find a comfortable home in the modern interior.


Windows:

Plain white curtains or Venetian blinds allow light to enter the interior without detracting from the open, uncluttered spaces. Or for a daringly modern look, no window coverings at all!


Accents

This is the place for color and organic forms and textures. Modern art, particularly in Mondrian-style primary colors, and geometric, black and white. Throw pillows can be exiting influences, covered in primary colors or interesting fabric patterns. Curved glass ashtrays, translucent or colored art glass, and mobiles continue the contemporary feel by implying light and airiness. Natural objects and materials like twig arrangements, bamboo, sisal or coir balance industrial design. Period style can also be used for accessories: Art Deco style for the thirties; kitsch for the fifties; Pop Art for the sixties.


Related Features