The words “modern” and “contemporary” get thrown around together a lot, often used interchangeably to refer to something that’s happening now, in the present — for example, “modern love” and “contemporary fiction.”
However, when it comes to art and design, there is an important difference between modern and contemporary.
The term “modern” – as we understand it in the design world – comes from the Modern art movement, which spanned between the 1860s to 1970s. Modern artists explored new approaches to seeing and understanding nature and art functions. Consider the work of Manet, Monet, Picasso and Matisse and you’ll get the picture.