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The age-old dictum, Form Follows Function, basically means that for an object to perform a certain function, its design should support that function to the fullest extent possible. Frank Lloyd Wright challenged that notion by saying, "Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union." There's wisdom in his ideology, and it seems from walking the floor at both this year's ICFF and i Saloni shows that furniture designers have struck a balance between the two. From the whimsical approaches to many products, it's also evident they've decided fun should enter into the equation, and we wholeheartedly agree.

  • form: designs that make us want to touch and feel
  • function: designs that make us want to simplify—and beautify
  • fun: designs that make us want to lighten up
Contemporary Style
Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines, as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color and focus on the basics of line, shape and form.

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