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Cecil Adams, Currey & Company’s Vice President/Creative Director, is one of the industry’s pros at color forecasting and trend forecasting. Every six months, he puts together style stories that highlight how the products the manufacturer releases twice each year are at the forefront of what is stylistically on-trend. Though there are always new palettes becoming popular, there are also many examples of combinations that have stood the test of time, such as neutrals, black and white, and 1920s contemporary. About his 1920s contemporary style story, for instance, he calls it a softer approach to modern that has evolved as we move into the 2020’s. “This trend takes references from the contemporary furnishing trends of the 1970’s and 1990’s with their curves and luxury materials,” he adds; “however, this time around it feels much more soothing in terms of color, finish, and texture.” He notes that this brand of contemporary provides a gentler landing for people looking for comfort and less confrontation in their surroundings, which includes soft colors, edges, finishes, and textures. This is where his color forecasting expertise really shines.

“Interestingly, there are many references to the 1920’s in terms of color and motif,” he adds. “Shagreen and velvet, soft prints and florals, pearlized finishes and brass, tassels and trims—all were utilized a century ago in fashion and home.” At that time, he goes on to say, these things were all very contemporary. “There is a refinement and constraint with all the elements that make this look feel very current,” he continues. “A strong feminine edge is taking its cues from powerful women.” Looking back to the 1920’s, he remarks that the decade was also a time when women made great strides in freeing themselves from the constraints of the Victorian Era.

“It is important to note that while this look contains a more feminine vibe, it is not limited by gender or intended for any specific gender,” he cautions. “Rather it is intended to celebrate shape and a more relaxed feeling of luxury as compared to its Mid-Century Modern counterpart in home furnishings. That is what makes it truly contemporary.” When we feature his astute color prediction in posts on the blog, we will file them under this tag.

Mondrian Modernist Style Explored

Currey & Company’s Mister M family of products in a modern arrangement.
Currey & Company’s Mister M family of products.

The Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, who would be one of the founders of the De Stijl movement in the Netherlands when he was in his forties, was so enamored with the Cubist works of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque he moved to Paris in 1911 in order to be closer to those working in that style. This exposure was the foundation for the purity of abstraction for which he is remembered. “I wish to approach truth as closely as is possible,” he said, “and therefore, I abstract everything until I arrive at the fundamental quality of objects.” The video below, courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, illustrates this desire. 

Mondrian Turns to Modern

In his best-known paintings from the 1920s, Mondrian reduced his shapes to lines and rectangles, and limited his palette to fundamental basics to arrive at this pure abstraction, which made him famous. His use of asymmetrical balance and a simplified pictorial vocabulary were crucial in the development of modern art, and his iconic abstract works remain influential in design and familiar in popular culture to this day. 

Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent shown with a Mondrian painting in 1966. Image courtesy WikiMedia and Eric Koch.
Mondrian dresses by Yves Saint Laurent shown with a Mondrian painting in 1966. Image courtesy WikiMedia and Eric Koch.

Our product line reflects how relevant his influence remains: with the introduction of the offerings in the Mister M family of products, we make a strong statement of modernity in primary colors inspired by his works. Our VP/Creative Director placed them in a Mondrian Modernist style story that has the same lush primary color palette the artist favored.

Our Mondrian Modernist Style Story

The Mister M Red and Blue Disc Table Lamp

The Mister M Red and Blue Disc Table Lamp is made of wrought iron and concrete in powerful hues of blue, yellow, red, and black. We also offer a disc floor lamp, both of which are standouts in our Mondrian Modernist style story.

The Mister M Red Table Lamp inspired by the paintings of Mondrian

Tom Caldwell calls the Mister M Red Table Lamp a modern version of a traditionally shaped urn. “We’ve cleaned up the lines and eliminated much of the detail which would have been prominent on the traditional piece,” he explains. “The red lacquer finish is accentuated with a black lacquered parchment shade. The combination of clean lines, bright contrasting colors, and great scale makes the piece a real statement item.” We also offer this design with a white body and blue shade.

Vases in the Mister M Collection are a nod to Mondrian style.
Vases in the Mister M Collection are a nod to Mondrian style.

Accessories in this family of products includes (from left to right) front, Mister M Red Black and Yellow Vase; back, Mister M Tall Vase; front, Mister M Trapeze Vase; back, Mister M Round Black and Red Vase; and front, Mister M Yellow, Blue, and Red Vase.

A Bit About De Stijl Philosophy

The Currey & Company Mister M family of products in a boho chic living room.

To De Stijl enthusiasts, the basic vertical and horizontal elements represented two essential opposing forces in a number of ways: the positive and the negative, the dynamic and the static, and the masculine and the feminine. The strict balance of Mondrian’s compositions reflects what he saw as the universal balance of these forces. Another aim for the artists of De Stijl was to express a utopian ideal of universal harmony in all of the arts by way of their pure abstractions and pared down palettes. Mondrian believed that his vision of modern art would transcend divisions in culture and become a new common language based in clean primary colors, a flatness of forms, and the dynamic tension in his canvases.

Our Mister M family of products are some of our most colorful introductions.
Our Mister M family of products are some of our most colorful introductions.

Describing his theory of Neo-Plasticism, he said the surface of the canvas was a new method for representing modern reality. “The emotion of beauty is always obscured by the appearance of the object,” Mondrian believed. “Therefore, the object must be eliminated from the picture.” We’re sorry to disagree with this visionary but we contend the objects in the above image, arranged as they are, deserve to be shown front-and-center because they are beauty personified!