I am a big fan of modern design when it comes to furniture and houses. I especially like the aesthetic that focuses more on mixing nature and organic shapes with highly contrasting forms and materials. Modern interior design also tends to have high contrast in color schemes. Although a lot of modern interior design also incorporates hard edges, a contrast can be seen in general shape quite often.
Scandinavians are well known for integrating organic materials with unnatural shapes. This table for example has a hard edged, sleek and shiny glass top with very soft looking and matte finished wooden legs:
But to stray from single elements, I like modern design as a motif for interior design. I like the high contrast and very straight forward design solutions. This bedroom has some flare with the quilted leather bed, but the high contrast motif and use of hard edges and natural materials still stands:
However, like any aesthetic, it can be taken too far. This living room, for example, has a lot of hard lines and edges. Notice the walls and floor as well, more lines! Even the reflection of the hard edged stairs in the glass wall negatively add to this effect. In my opinion, I think there is not enough contrast with softer materials and shapes in this room, thus making it look uninviting.
This take on design can be done quite beautifully and functionally. This house is in Aspen, CO. I’ve actually been to a graduation party in this house and I have to say, it is a very inviting and nice place to be. The outside may look intimidating with zinc panels and sand blasted concrete, but the inside is comfortable and functional with Barcelona chairs and lots of windows that let nature blend with the house.