When we think about the modern style, we often associate it with home and garden design ideas. Modern design is a style of design, but though it may seem self-explanatory, it actually stands for a number of ideas and it can represent various things. In order to better understand it and recognize it, we’ll take a look at its history and evolution. First of all, modern design is part of the cultural movement called modernism, which can be traced back all the way to the end of the 19th century, though perhaps even earlier in some cases. Modernism stands for modern thinking and its representatives wished to discard the way of thinking and creating representative for the Enlightenment period. Modernists wished to find new ways of expression, new avenues of thought and of artistic manifestation and to push the boundaries of how we think and perceive the world and art.
Modernism can also be associated with a departure from the well-settled idea of organized religion and a unique, ever-watchful god. One could say that modernism came as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution which brought great changes over societies and how they functioned and people’s roles and places in them. Modernists saw the world changing and thought it necessary to reinvent themselves and thus create an art and culture that represented this new change and new way of thinking. Now perhaps we have a clearer image of what modern design is. It is simply the visual manifestation of a new world; it is something that was needed to represent this newness and change.
Most people agree that modernism ended and made room for post-modernism sometime during the 1980s, but some claim modernism never even ended. Because modernism rejected the loaded and ornate elements in design styles that were best represented through Gothic, Victorian and Renaissance styles, it was the duty of modern design to simplify things and present them in a new, clearer light. Thus, modern design is represented by straight and clean lines, minimalism, stainless steel, chrome and primary colors. The reason why this style is still popular with many home and garden ideas is due to the fact that it is very neat and clean, and it prevents clutter.
While modernism was at first an intellectual movement, it eventually spread throughout all aspects of society and made its presence felt in politics, arts and so on. Thus, fields like literature, music, design and others acquired new faces, new ideas and new methods and concepts of expression. Architectural design and interior design got facelifts as well, and they tried to show and express the new modern people and were that physical expression of change. Modernism had various subgenres, and they can be recognized in modern design as well; some of the most important movements were Bauhaus, Neo-Dada, Futurism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism.