Modernism first emerged after World War I and favours a clean, streamlined look that maximises light and space. It rejects ornamentation and embraces minimalism, practicality and simplicity.
It still feels 'new' even now and very much resonates with our tastes today.
A great example of this style is The Homewood. I was lucky enough to visit it recently, if you've not been, it's well worth a visit.
So where did this type of design come from and what can we incorporate into our own homes?
What do you think? Do you like what you see? If you're keen to incorporate a touch of Modernism in your own home you'll be pleased to hear that you can easily do so without having to knock your whole house down and starting again! Here are 3 ways to get the look...
Allow the materials to shine in their own right - without extra embellishment or decoration. Wood, concrete, metal, leather, glass - keep it simple and classic.
2) Blur the boundaries between inside and outside
Light, light and more light. Those large rectangular windows which characterise most Modernist homes allows light to come flooding into the rooms and provides a beautiful view to anyone looking out. It brings the outside inside. Here are some ways you can do this in your own home.
3) Built-in furniture
Keep clutter to a minimum and hide it all away with clever built-in cabinets. These should be low level, without stretching up to the ceiling, to keep the lines clean and unfussy. Furniture should be multi-functional.
If you're feeling inspired, its worth venturing out and viewing examples of Modernist architecture and design. You can visit The Homewood here, but also check out 2 Willow Road, the home of Ernö Goldfinger and his family in 1939. If you feel like travelling further afield, visit a building designed by Le Corbusier, particularly the Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France - you'll never see anything like it anywhere else!
Title image: dwigmore.com, Ilya Bolotowsky c.1945