Are decorative objects going green? Is this a new era of modernism?
Recently Time magazine had a special Style & Design supplement called none other than Green Living. One of the features explored the issue of whether sustainability is the “new luxury”. Another feature was titled “Remaking Modernism”.
I used to be a circa 1920s kind of woman when it came to furniture and decorative objects and even clothing, shoes, and handbags. Oddly enough the styles of that era suit me. But slowly I’ve evolved into a modern woman. Perhaps it was working at Philips de Pury & Company, a New York City auction house where I mingled with the 20th Century decorative arts department, or perhaps it had to do with decorative arts going green, or maybe both. Who knows?
What I do know is that recycled, reclaimed, or plain old re-engineered objects are generally crafted with that industrial machine look that typifies modernism, which I roughly define as circa 1920s to 1950s. Furniture and decorative arts such as bamboo and cork furniture (that cork chair featured in Time was really fab) and flooring, stone, recycled aluminum bowls, vases, candlesticks, and andirons, recycled glass objects, table and glassware in swirls of colors and of course tabletops made from strips of scrap wood.
Sleek, très modèrne, and quite possibly the look of the future.