Modern House Design Concept : An Overview and Historical Review
Modern style preceded by the revolutionary movement in the political, social, economic field which influence the way of thinking of people at that era. Thus, the situation was affecting the needs of people to live healthier and more stable. Inspired by the needs and changes on that era, young architects in Europe and America created modern concepts which provide a balance between the era of technological advancement or known as age-related machine with the simple use of materials in one mechanical engineering system. This new concept opposed to complicated forms, ornamentatif, decorative which existed in the earlier styles, eg Baroque, Victorian, Renaissance. Therefore, the application forms become simpler and easy to proceed and will absolutely affect the manufacture cost.
This style was constantly evolving and creating innovations from some popular architects such as William Morris with his “completely open, natural light is maximized and honesty” design concept. Otto Wagner with his “Horizontal Lines and Great Simplicity” concept and wrote it on his essay entitled “Ornament is a Crime”. Austrian architect Adolf Loos (1870-1933) until American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) which became popular for his revolutionary concept on architectural building structure. The development of this style then growth and continued with other concepts from the architects Rudolph Schindler (1887-1953), Richard Neutra (1892-1970), Walter Gropius (1919), and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with the concept of “Less is More”.
Nowadays, the development of the modern style never stops. Moreover, by the emergence of young architects from various countries with their own cultural background influence the concept of Modern style. For example, the modern Japanese Zen style, American Pop Art style, Asian Traditional style and European Classical style. As the result, modern style grow broadly and flexibly so it can be a common thread as particular trade mark that represents the style of a metropolitan lifestyle.
Visualization in this website shows the inspiration of modern design style reflecting and representing the character, culture, and needs of the owner on a beautiful design inside the distinctive modern style house. The key concept of “Character, Culture, Lifestyle, and Function” may be the source of observations that can be developed in any direction and process to create designs on your behalf.
The term of modern chic known as modern style concept that is very close to the feel of today’s people lifestyle who want to live in very practical way but still in fashionable manner. Therefore, the style of Modern Chic is suitable to be applied in any era and by whomever as long as the these original choices can provide safety, comfort, and can be enjoyed by the residents of the house.
Modern Zen Design Concept
Modern zen design is a development concept of modern architecture in traditional Japanese style. Traditional Japanese style known as Zen philosophy of “life, art, and nature” in which the elements of the earth such as soil, wood, water, stone, and the air was dominating the style and result in the concept of live that become simpler. We can see it clearly from the concept on designing interior and architectural building.
For example, a work space with symmetric arrangement and the concept of black and white for the floor just like a chess motif gives a strong accent for the area. Mirror was attached to expand the narrow space and provide wider impression for the area. The corner side of the work-space was decorated with built-in shelving, while the books were organized in the boxes in black and white painting pattern. The use of built-in shelf as room divider was another tricky way to utilize the space efficiently.
The deepening of the philosophy that focuses on the elements of balance, harmony, and simplicity produced a beautiful unity through the use of natural materials, colors, and organic forms (both horizontal and vertical). This is in line with the idea of Modern style “less is more” which is triggered by Mies var der Rohe with his balancing concept of mindset, lifestyle and human needs.
Use your sensitivity to arrange the interior elements in good balance of layout, forms, light and color mixing. Choose design lines that come in simpler and more practical way. The concept of interior design that come up with the impression of “clean line” is key to be success in modern house which also known as minimalist Zen style. As we can see in the picture, there is a bathroom with a dimension of 120 cm x 200 cm laid out in very minimalist design yet efficient and still ‘chic’ in terms of black and white color combination.
At the end of the corridor there is a sink in minimalist and tiny design. Green color comes as a built-in shelf accents is to deal with the needs in space limitation. The workspace that apply the concept of Japanese house is using the sliding door system on its entrance. Built-in bookcase are fused with a wooden work desk and brown parquet floors provide a formal impression for the room. The design on this room is dominated by horizontal and vertical lines and giving stronger impression of Zen style for the area. Frontal angle in the living room, with rounded shapes furnishing such as squares table, ball cushions and chandelier are some accessories that seemed dominating the beauty of the room.
Foyer with wooden material domination in vertical brown striped design look very chic as an accent for the wall in off-white painting. In the corner of the living room foyer there is extra large floor lamps in a unique form combined with zig-zag wooden chairs resulting in a very attractive combination. Multifunctional living room is adopting the concept of Japanese tatami room. This space serves as living room, dining room, guest beds, as well as storage area on its stage. Strong accents also shown from the application of exotic Asian touch, Buddhist statue, while the repetition of square shape pillows make the room slicker and more charming.
Some tips for creating an awesome modern zen interior style:
- Use a minimum decorative element.
- The use of transparent glass for room divider and mirror on the wall will give roomy impression for the space.
- Choose the furniture with simpler design lines that can give unique impression for the room.
- Use light and dark colors in balance so as to achieve a harmony decoration in the room. Good combination of dark and bright colors reinforces the impression Zen design style.
- Don’t get too crowded when it comes to the arrangement of furniture and other objects in the room. Leave some memorable space to bring more comfortable feels for the occupants.
- Do not forget to always bring soothing and calming atmosphere in furniture arrangement which can benefit on providing good mood for the occupants
- Natural and artificial lighting is very important in shaping the atmosphere inside the room in addition to taste, music and touch. You should be able to feel the warmth, comfort and safe when you are inside.
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