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Freedom & Post Modernism

The Freedom collection and post modern interior design were obviously created for each other. Even the name- Freedom– sums up what the first post-modern designers were trying to achieve. They wanted to remove the shackles which bound them to early minimalism; mix things up a little, show some flair and generally have a little fun! With their retro styling, wild colours and shapeless forms the Freedom fabrics encapsulate this rebellious movement perfectly.

Post-modern design rejects the functional, subtle use of materials and lack of embellishment adopted by most designers. Seeking to free itself of restrictive rules, post-modernism places form over function when desired.

Another key theme in post-modern design is borrowing from the past to create eclectic designs in architecture, furnishings, and interiors. Wit and a sense of humour are also common elements in post-modern buildings and homes. A post-modern home should attempt to create comfortable spaces for the body, mind, and soul. This can result in a mixture of various design styles, unexpected design materials, and unconventional angles. Post-modern design typically has an air of excitement and energy.

This may all sound a little conceptual and hard to tie down but I suppose that’s the point. What it means for you is that you are free to enjoy your decorating unbound by rules or, dare I say it, taste! Similar to an eclectically styled room, your furniture can come from any era or school of design- except here you don’t even have to do it in an “ironically unmatched way”- you can just be unmatched!

Notable post-modern designers include Robert Venturi, Michael Graves, Philip Johnson, and Robert A.M. Stern, to name a few. Some of the furnishings styles which define post-modern design are Craft Revival, ergonomic furniture, and art furniture. Post-modern furniture designer, Judy McKie, is known for her Craft Revival pieces which integrate stylized animal themes in distinctive, sculptural shapes. McKie’s expressive, handcrafted pieces can also be described as art furniture due to her emphasis on beautiful shapes, images, and forms.

While an actual furniture piece from any these revolutionaries is likely to set you back the price of a family car, researching their work will help you gain an understanding of what you are trying to recreate. Ergonomic furniture similar to their work can be found on a much cheaper, mass produced level these days. Ergonomic furniture includes post-modern pieces for both the home and the workplace.

The rise of the modern commercial office and the home office has led to a need for comfortable seating and work spaces. An example of post-modern ergonomic home furniture is the Stressless collection from Ekornes. Their recliner was first introduced way back in 1971 with an emphasis on comfort that provided proper support at the same time. It is testament to the popularity and quality of their work that many of their first line chairs remain unchanged and in stores. Ekornes also now offers their contemporary sofas in styles and finishes that coordinate with the Stressless line of furnishings. Their line proves that comfort can be stylish.

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