The word Modern inspires thoughts of so many lauded artists, designers, and architects throughout history—Philip Johnson, Eileen Gray, Piet Mondrian, Oscar Niemeyer, Charlotte Perriand, and Alexander Calder to name a few. But the interesting thing about the style this word represents is how elusive it is. During each era, there will always be new takes on Modern. Case in point is Le Corbusier’s groundbreaking buildings like the United Nations headquarters in New York City, which seem subdued when compared to the undulant edifices that Zaha Hadid designed and the massive glass and steel skyscrapers Daniel Libeskind is creating today.
A More Sophisticated Modern
Our Vice President/Creative Director Cecil Adams sees the current iteration of modern as a more sophisticated version of the style. Among our new fall products in this category are black and white introductions, including the collection of vases designed by Frédéric de Luca. His Happy 40 Wings White Vase with a black matte interior was a bestseller during market.
We asked the artist/designer why he thinks Modern continues to be so popular, and he told us, “When I look at the history of interior design, I am fascinated by the fact that black wasn’t introduced into interiors until the end of the 14th century. Ever since, in one way or another, it has always been fashionable. In my paintings and design work, I use a lot black and, of course, I often juxtapose it against white to magnify the other colors I use. This treatment gives them their full intensity.”
De Luca went on to say, “Black and white are colors that facilitate the absorption of all other colors, and are the anchors that support all of my artistic work.” We are thrilled to have vases by this popular artist among our new accessories this fall, which include the Happy 40 Wings White Vase below.
In our Happy 40 collection, each of the ceramic bodies of the seven vases were inspired by the “Art Decoratif” period and are hand thrown. With the designs that have handles, they require great skill to adjust to the sides of each vase symmetrically. The necks of these decorative vases are straight, which means they do not have a circular edge at the mouth to reinforce them during baking; and the texture is hard to obtain, which means they have to be fired at a special temperature.
Cecil presents Frédéric’s collections in this video, which is chock full of great information about the designer and his new accessories for Currey & Company.
Another of our bestsellers during market is the Tirtoff Chandelier, which is the perfect juxtaposition of shapes and hues. Made of wrought iron in a mix of satin black and sugar white finishes, the chandelier lifts perfect white discs that hide the illumination. The shape, and the black and white color combo, give this chandelier a slight Art Deco air that inspired us to name it after the famous artist Romain de Tirtoff, but it also exhibits modern lines, which makes it fitting for this style category. We also offer the Tirtoff as a wall sconce.
In our Bramford family of furniture, we introduced new black pieces that include a nightstand and cabinet—the cabinet is shown in the image of our High Point showroom above. The lovely motifs on the door fronts were inspired by a luxurious handbag our director of furniture Aimee Kurzner spotted. Made of mahogany with a black caviar finish, the pattern on the cabinet doors is made of interwoven black and ivory leather, and the ferrules on the legs are made of brass in a brushed brass finish.
Our Director of Furniture Aimee Kurzner shows off the sophisticated details of the Bramford furniture in the above video, where you’ll see the removable wine rack, which makes the cabinet an elegant bar cabinet. It has push-to-open doors, a storage drawer with soft close drawer glides, adjustable shelving, and cord management holes.
The Black and White Style Story
Cecil highlights more products in our black and white category in the video above, some of which lean modern while others lean into the farmhouse category, a trend we featured here on the blog several weeks ago. You can see all of our new fall introductions on our website. We hope everyone is sliding into November with relative ease given the tenor of life these days!