The ‘New’ American Minimalism is here to stay…

April 23rd, 2012 Comments Off


From the Wall Street Journal:

IT’S A PHENOMENON AS OLD as America itself—our taste in furniture, as in fashion, is fickle. In the early 19th century, the winged pedestals of English Regency were brushed aside for the sleeker lines of Grecian Plain. Our suburban forefathers moved Danish modern into the attic and trucked in lumbering Spanish revival. And today we’re putting our playful blob lamps on eBay and returning to simple, locally made pieces.

Call it the New American Minimalism. It usurps our 2000s-era romance with confections perhaps best represented by the Dutch brand Moooi, which conjured up crocheted side tables and Louis-style chairs burned to a slight crisp. It also bears little resemblance to older minimalist vocabularies, like the colorful Memphis style that was parodied in the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice.” Instead, honesty is now the policy: reserved shapes, natural materials, apparent construction and hand finishing.

Full article with additional photos at above link.

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