The really cool thing about Danish Modern design is that most of the tables, chairs, and storage peices are beautiful simply because they are beautiful. Stripped of heavy ornament, Danish Modern furniture is made with good craftsmanship and natural materials such as wood, leather, and wool. It's beautiful like nature is beautiful - no adornment, there's just something about it that brings joy and peace by simply being in it's presence.
This principle can be brought into our homes as well, without having to go out and spend thousands of dollars on true Danish Modern peices of the early 1900's. When adding furniture and accessories into a room, think about it's purpose. Do I use that thing every day? What is it doing for me other than sitting on a shelf, on the floor, etc.? If you can honestly give it a purpose - other than I like to look at it - keep it in the room.
Wool rugs and carpet are great ways to bring this element into your home no matter your aesthetic. As I stated before, wool is durable and easy to maintain. The natural fiber bounces back much better than nylon - which means it doesn't crush as easily - and because wool naturally repells dirt and grime, it is easy to clean!
One of the biggest features of Danish Modern design is function. Floor plans were more open to allow flexibility of space; furniture was built plainly because the function was more important than the aesthetic. Even when this style first came on the scene, people felt they could mix their more traditional style with this new modern one.
Danish Modern design does a great job of feeling contemporary without being too cold or sterile like many other Modern designs. Try incorporating some true Danish Modern peices into your home, even if it is more on the Traditional spectrum of design. There are many Danish Modern peices out there that take the more traditional frame and strip it of it's adornment. These peices are ideal for the person with transitional taste.
Even if your home is the furthest thing from 'Modern' there is something to learn from this style that has withstood the test of time. A less is more mentality and natural materials can help us all to walk through our front door and appreciate the innate beauty of our homes.
If you are interested in incorporating some of these ideas into your home, but don't know where to begin or need assistance, Manhattan Carpet & Interior's designers are ready to help! Please give us a call, send us an email, or stop by the store! We Design with You in Mind! #DesignLocal
*Research for this blog post was done using the book Architecture and Interior Design - An Integrated History to the Present written by Buie Harwood, Bridget May, and Curt Sherman. Copyright 2012. Pearson Education, Inc.*
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