When it comes to Interior Design and decor, this 2020 will leave us with a very clear sense of what are the major forces in popularity right now. From these three forces, two have spent near than thirty years with us without a hint of fading, while one is the new boy in town. Will it stay as long as its two predecessors? And how the Barcelona Collection is it going in all this? Let’s take a closer look.
Scandinavian Style: Pure and inspiring
Today, the Scandinavian style is associated mainly to Ikea, the hugely popular Finnish furniture, but Scandi, how is it acknowledged this trend worldwide too, was born way long before and it has strong roots. As an inheritance of the pioneer movements of the beginnings of the XX Century, the Scandinavian Style fully emerged as a national answer of Danish, Norwegian, and Sweden artists and architects to the fading Romanticism.
Scandinavian artists rejected the past and pursuit a new way to get in touch with nature. Nurtured in the first half of the XXth Century, the Scandinavian Style matured and came out in the 1950s. Deeply rooted within the new values of freedom from the Scandinavian countries, Scandi promoted that beauty and functionality should be at the reach of everybody: clean-cut surfaces, white, pristine colors, exquisite treatment of wood in a decluttered space. The climate influence of the Nordic countries gave shape to the Style that privileges function above ornaments. Mid Century Modern Style was born in the same period and it was heavily influenced by the principles of Scandinavian. In the beginnings of the 1970s, new forms of expression emerged, and Scandinavian fade for 20 years, till the mid-1990s when people are looking again for purity and decluttered spaces.
Mid Century Modern: The persistence of classics
A central stylish movement for Architecture and Interior Design, what is now considered Mid Century Modern was born as Modernism in the 1920s, and it continues with that name in the 1950s and 1960s, in the peak of its creativity. Mid Century Modern shares with Scandinavian the minimalist approach. With a strong influence of European architects from the 1920s to the 1950s, with pivotal names like Le Corbusier or Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, MCM crystallize in the 1950s with the rise of American figures like Charles and Roy Eames, or Eero Sarinen.
With a set of principles where function was above design, industrial materials are welcome above exotic, expensive sources, and with an exquisite use of proportion and sobriety, Mid Century Modern has an almost uninterrupted history of growing popularity. Since the 1950s, with a short break in the 1970s and 1980s, to its rediscovery in the 1990s. First as matter of interest of scholars and collectors, and then by the mainstream public an media, to this day. One chair: The Eames Lounge Chair (Charles and Roy Eames)
Coastal Living: The new sensation
The hunger for a better lifestyle doesn’t end with a natural love for plants. A fresh and healthy lifestyle is gaining the preferences of the American west coast: Coastal Living. Heavily inspired by the sea and marine views of the west coast, the presence of blue, wood, sand, and white are a constant, and of course, there are the occasional sailor, yachting motifs. Coastal Living is minimalist, and due to its love for wood too, it tends to be associated with Mid Century Modern, and according to several sources, it is mistaken by people as MCM many times.
One distinctive characteristic of Coastal Living is its tendency to regionalism: There are American Coastal; Hawaiian Coastal and Mediterranean Coastal. Each one has its own unique flavor in colors and motifs extracted from its surroundings.
Mid Century Modern and the Barcelona Collection
The Barcelona Collection
The Barcelona Collection is a line of furniture representative of Mid Century Modern Style. It was created in 1929 for the International Exposition of Barcelona, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Originally manufactured first in Germany, after a brief interruption is manufactured in America to this day, conquering new markets and users from all over the world. The rise of the Barcelona Collection made it so popular, that now there is a vibrant market of replicas all around America and Europe.
What items are in the Barcelona Collection?
The Barcelona Collection is formed by
- The Barcelona Chair
- The Barcelona Sofa
- The Barcelona Loveseat
- The Barcelona Ottoman
- The Barcelona Table
- The Barcelona Bench
- The Barcelona Daybed
With its iconic “X” Frame and its squared leather cushions, the Barcelona Chair, Sofa, and Loveseat remains as popular and beautiful collection pieces. Its minimalist design and modern shapes are spotted many times in popular TV series or movies when it comes to style.
Mid Century Modern, Coastal Living, and Scandinavian are still the main forces in the market. While each one has its own features and highlights, it’s obvious that they share the same principles: minimalism, a trend for clear/neutral colors in the base, and wood as a furniture material. With a record of mutual influences, it looks like the preferences of the big markets are still in love with proportion, elegance, and minimalism of these trends for many years to come.
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