In the last century, furniture design has evolved from ornate, heavier furnishings to simpler and lighter pieces. While more traditional furniture relied on dark woods and expensive fabrics and upholstery, modern furniture design embraces cleaner lines and more economical methods of construction and flexible materials. 

However, just because modern furniture has become lighter and more versatile doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style, durability, quality or luxury. 

Using BDI furniture designs as examples, here are a few suggestions on how to achieve a truly modern living space.

Modern design often takes a “less-is-more” approach by subtracting clutter and adding innovation, resulting in a unique and streamlined aesthetic that is a perfect fit for today’s technology and lifestyles.

Keep It Clean

Modern furniture design is marked by a minimalist sensibility, drawn with crisp lines, simple color schemes and natural hues. 

This ease in form, color, and detail is apparent in the Corridor media collection, which includes an assortment of highly functional entertainment consoles and striking storage credenzas designed to anchor a modern or transitional living space.

Outside of their award-winning design, all of the pieces in the Corridor collection include a host of innovative features, providing the ideal combination of elegance and functionality. 

The louvered doors of Corridor are constructed with solid wood, and are available in a variety of finishes and topped by luxurious and highly durable satin-etched tempered glass.

The Corridor 8172 audio tower, with customizable storage for media, LPs and AV components, hits all of the right notes for audiophiles.

While fine lines are a trademark of the modern aesthetic, that doesn’t mean those lines need to be rigid or straight. Bending the rules can often result in chic and sophisticated styles.

Take, for example, the award-winning Elements collection, which combines precision with a fresh design approach that is inspired by nature. Elements feature laser-cut doors, available in three distinct patterns, and are acoustically transparent and remote-friendly when closed; helping to maintain a neat, uncluttered appearance while concealing components and a soundbar or center channel speaker. 

The graceful design of the Tanami credenza incorporates straight lines with flowing, sculpted patterns, making this console a one-of-a-kind statement piece.

Take It up an Octave

The recipe for modern furniture design also includes a blend of three main ingredients: newness, originality, and innovation. 

By mixing traditional textures in inventive ways, modern designers are spicing up past staples to create striking state-of-the-art looks. 

The Terrace table collection combines tempered glass with hardwood veneer to create a unique pinwheel design, providing ample display space and a clean aesthetic.

The Octave 8379 uses sleek perforated steel doors that provide clean and clear acoustics when closed. Contrast that with two distinct hardwood veneer finishes, and you have the recipe for a uniquely modern look.

Play All of the Angles

Geometric shapes are another integral part of modern design. In today’s world, it’s hip to be square, triangular, or well-rounded. A single repeating shape can create a complementary and cohesive look to any room. 

Start with the gentle curves of the Olis 9650 media cabinet, and pair it Orlo's smoothly rounded edges and solid hardwood construction. 

The natural variations found in hardwood adds individual character to each Orlo table.

You could also (literally) turn the tables on convention with Radius, a table and media console collection designed to pair perfectly together. Radius tables are available in a handful of unique sizes and shapes and can be arranged to intersect and overlap in an assortment of custom configurations, creating table groupings of any size to suit a variety of needs.

The Eileen Blanc 5157 leaning shelf will take your modern living space up a notch with its clean, white wood frame and tempered glass shelving with abundant space for displaying books, photos, or knickknacks. 

A Clean Finish

A well-designed and modern living space should combine functionality with a touch of luxury, providing contemporary sophistication in any home.