Late Modern (1950-Present)

Late-Modern was the last phase of Modern Design that contrasts and paradoxes, technological and social change, including consumerism and minimalism.

Parque Biblioteca España: Two large dark structures standing next to each other.
Late modern architecture – Parque Biblioteca España

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Late Modern Characteristics

Late modern architecture features horizontally oriented lines with ribbon windows and large buildings without windows. Further, the use of industrial materials like concrete is present, and artists conceived dramatic sculptural displays with no ornaments on the edifice. Gallaratese Quarter II, by Aldo Rossi took inspiration from the stepping forms and rigid spatial organization of Roman, such as Trajan’s Market. All the exposed elements of the building are structural and with no ornamentation.

Aldo Rossi, Quartiere residenziale Gallaratese, Milan, Italy, 1967-74: A hallway made of stone, mimics a parking garage.
Gallaratese Quarter II (1967-74) by Aldo Rossi

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Minimalism Today: The House of Stone

House of Stone, Salone del Mobile, Milan 2010: A small stone house in the center of a courtyard of a large building with two floors of archways.
House of Stone, Salone del Mobile, Milan 2010

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British architect John Pawson, in collaboration with Salvatori and lighting specialists KKDC, presented work at the celebrated Think Tank Exhibition, in Milan. The installation named “House of Stone” was a minimal, house shaped, architectural structure made from recycled stone, cut meticulously.

KKDC lighting specialists created a disruptive MoMo LED light source to illuminate the house by night, made the beams underline the texture of the stone and minimal architecture.

Late Modern Interior Design

The furniture industry had important technological achievements in manufacturing techniques. Arne Jacobsen, for example, a Danish architect, created furniture designs that are distinctive symbols of the late modern period, specifically the Ant Chair and the Egg Chair. However, Jacobsen’s Series 7 Chair, because of high retail sales, is probably the most popular chair ever created.

Ant chair 00: A light brown wood chair with three legs.
First Ant chair with 3 legs (1952) – Design Museum Denmark

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The Castiglioni brothers created a style that fuses the respect for forms in everyday objects with an interest in functionality. In 1962, they designed the Arco Floor Lamp, which took its design from a typical streetlight. The lamp’s base is marble, heavy enough to project light up and out eight feet.

Arc Floor Lamp.: A light metal lamp with a semicircle shade and a skinny trunk.
Arco Floor Lamp

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