It sounds like a misnomer; however, furniture really can be a blended hybrid of both modern and rustic tropes, themes and stylistic touches. What’s more, it really works! Far from diluting two very different styles, it actually brings both together in perfect harmony; allowing more people with a variety of interior schemes to see and experience the joy. Lets see all the was rustic and modern can combine in modern furniture design.
There are lots of ways to bring old and new together; but, when it comes to solid wood furniture. We have a few favorite techniques for creating a contemporary but classic vibe! We’re going to tell you a little bit about them, right now.
Reclaimed wood, in a new way
We’ve all seen and admired gorgeous traditional pieces, made from the finest reclaimed timber and there will forever be a place in our hearts and homes for them. BUT, using antique timber to create items; that are more contemporary in finish, with cleaner and unfussy lines, makes for an incredible contrast. Picture some wall shelves. Now imagine they are simple, linear and with no detailing at all, but floating and inescapably modern. Finally, imagine them being made from roof timbers from barns over 100 years old. That’s a striking image but one that works, don’t you agree? What’s more, shelves like this would work in literally any home. A beautiful way to have a modern furniture design!
Classic designs with less fuss
Take a classic piece of furniture and just simply dial it back a little in terms of the extra details and you have a modern rustic reimagination. You can literally do this with anything, from sofas to blanket boxes, wardrobes and even beds. By negating those fancy flourishes, you instantly embrace a more contemporary vibe; even if you craft from reclaimed timber or apply a vintage style stain to new wood.
Bucket list pieces in interesting finishes
We love creating pieces that allude to sought after items, but with a freshness that is unusual. For example, a stylish coffee table is a must for many people, so we have created a number of super contemporary designs that retain all of the functionality of standard tables, just with some eye-catching nuances. We particularly enjoy using different tones of wood together; to make a tonal and striking end result that manages to remain unfussy.
Modern and rustic go together like wood and stainless steel. And we should know, because we combine them all the time! With a timeless design in place, mixing materials is an easy way to ensure that both modern and rustic tropes are given equal priority; to create a harmonious new hybrid. That’s why you’ll find some incredible solid wood tables but with polished stainless steel or gold legs in our portfolio.
Sometimes, combining things that should, technically, be at odds with one another creates the most interesting results. We know we have no intention of leaving modern rustic design behind. So why not think about if it could work in your home?