Encompasses a wide range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Pieces feature softened and rounded lines, as opposed to the stark lines seen in modern design. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color and focus on the basics of line, shape and form. More info
A term widely used to define a style of British design of the 1950s that sought to appear up to date but which was a far remove from the purism of International Modernism. Characterised by a lively use of colour, new materials, humour and lightness of structure, it appeared a dramatic contrast to war-time drabness and stifling historicism. The Festival of Britain in 1951 is regarded as the moment when the Contemporary style, in many fields of design, reached its widest public.
A term broadly used to describe architecture constructed between the 1940s through the 1970s. Contemporary buildings frequently have flat roofs, roof decks and broad overhanging eaves. Modern architecture is also a term used as a synonym for Contemporary.
The perpetual "now" in any genre and, since around 1970, replacing "modern" as America's official indigenous look or sound. To some, anything that is recent; to others, anything with a "still up-to-date" sound. Its use as in "contemporary classical" and "contemporary music" seeks to emphasize the "living artist" factor. In rock: a term only used by your dad or a "light-FM" radio Music Director. (DW/SK)
A term covering many styles of furniture that developed in the latter half of the 1900's. Contemporary pieces have an updated look that's softened and rounded compared with the stark lines of modern design.
Although literally "of our day" tern applied to middle-of-the-road, conservative modern furniture; simplified traditional; terminology used by manufacturers and retailers alike attempting to appeal to both modernists and traditionalists.
Contemporary is a visual arts magazine, published every month. Its website claims that it is the world's most widely distributed arts magazine, with an estimated international readership of around 75,000. Contemporary is based in Bermondsey, south-east London.