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In the world of Interior Design, the terms “Modern”, “Mid Century Modern” and “Contemporary” are many times used indistinctly to refer to the same pieces or designs, but this is not a good practice, since there are different movements and while sharing some principles, they still have differences you might not know.

Modernism: The Beginnings. 

By “Modern” we refer to pieces of furniture developed in the first half of XX Century by the founders of Modernism, a revolutionary movement in Design, Architecture, and Arts. Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, The Bauhaus movement, and even the first period of L. Mies van der Rohe. In this period were established the principles of all renovation movements that came later in the s XX. Remarkable products of this period: the LC5 Sofa Bed (Le Corbusier, the Eames Office Chair (Charles and Ray Eames). Another remarkable set of pieces of the period is the Barcelona Collection. 

The Barcelona Collection, an icon of Modernism

Mid Century Modern: The Golden Age of Design

Mid Century Modern is the moment in the XX century when several great designers collide in the creation of a solid creative collective. The principles of Modernism of 30 and 40 years ago were taken and updated with the new developments and findings of engineering, architecture and scientific progress. In furniture we can mention remarkable products of this period, such as the Noguchi Table (Isamu Noguchi), the Tulip Table (Eero Sarinen), or the  Freedom Chair (Neils Diffrient)

Contemporary Design

More than a homogenous category, Contemporary encloses the works of any remarkable live creator, so there aren’t any fixed set of rules or principles. Some names of living and remarkable designers are Stefan Diez or Sato Oki.

In Barcelona Designs you can give yourself the opportunity to enjoy many of these classic and timeless pieces of furniture, for a fraction of the price of one original one.