I was trying to explain to a relative who is a high school student about the evolution of design throughout the ages. I had difficulty conveying the attributes of the so-called ‘modern’ school of design. I didn’t have any pictures available at the time of this discussion and the listener did not have sufficient knowledge of specific examples that could be pointed to as common referents (“okay, you know how Scandinavian furniture looks? No, well picture how the Guggenheim Museum looks? No? Well, have you ever heard the expression ‘form follows function’? No?.....”)
– jet (looks like it’s going mach 2 when stationary)
– house (not actually a FLW design)
– guns (the design on these babies puts a smile on even the most ardent pacifist)
- centered cable stayed bridge (thanks JNA)
I’m looking at/posting images and I’m still having a little difficulty conveying in words what specific attributes define modern design. Phrases like ‘sleek lines’ come easy but fall short of the mark in conveying the essence of the thing – what exactly makes them ‘sleek’? So rather than me stumble around on this more let me ask teh Throbbing Brian what defines modern style?
Based on past poll results, a goodly portion of Cyburbians seem to be drawn to modern styles so chime in.