NW3 Director Carly Madhvani reflects on contemporary living. 

What makes contemporary furniture design timeless?

Styles which exist beyond ever-changing fashions, fads, colours and materials are deemed timeless. Timelessness is a unique design virtue that goes against the flow of convention, able to proliferate originality through time.  The furniture that we tend to aim our attention is for clients who are open to investing in exclusive style and usability which is going to endure time and use. Perhaps in light of passing their procurements on years down the line. What you often find with timeless design is an innovative production method that coexists with the style of the piece through its lifetime. Craftsmanship is sustained, nearly always placing finish quality above mass-produced alternatives. The alignment of lasting design and perfected manufacturing techniques across the fashion movements of decades really sets this furniture above the rest.    

What materials best define modern style?

The materials that best define modern style tend to be trim, graceful and streamlined against the traditional mediums of previous generations. As Eero Saarinen put it frankly, “The undercarriage of chairs and tables in a typical interior makes an ugly, confusing, unrestful world,” a scenario which is often paired with typical constituents. The materials incorporated into modern style often subvert this convention, offering sleek minimal and practical solutions. Key examples include lacquered surfaces, glass, finished woods and refined marbles, as well as metallic surfaces. The combination of these purified mediums, contained within a clean, optimal and appropriate design provides the basis for modern style. 

Is the art of modern design evolving?

The art of modern design is assuredly evolving, partly due to the development of technology and refined manufacturing techniques. It in part is affected by the fact that we are in a sense evolving, having to get used to ever-simplifying technology at home and in the workplace. Interior can be seen to move with that trend. The word modern means relating to present or recent times, so as current modes of fashion change so does the essence of modern, ever transfiguring into often more simplified forms. But the actual art with sustaining modern design is by continuing to see whats new and innovative, whats being used in terms of futuristic production technologies and materials. And incorporating this with comfort, practicality and stat-of-the-art design. 

Does modern living affect lifestyle?

Modern living totally affects lifestyle for the better, and thats partly because of the technology that we have developed and the design which enables you to find peace in such a frantic world. We are faced with many daily pressures, amounting from perhaps work, kids or sporting activity. This can translate into mental strain, a cerebral congestion that can often lead to stress and unrest. Modern living/interiors can act as an antidote to a busy life, providing a clear unblemished space to relax and unwind. A clean, minimal living space will always correspond with a clear mind, and modern style represents this completely. It can be related to the act of tidying a room, which always makes you feel better, as de-cluttering your exterior space helps to clarify judgment within. I think with all the pressure and distraction we subject ourselves to these days, one can utilise modern living to find a balance between coherent peace and livelihood.