Late-Modern was the last phase of Modern Design that contrasts and paradoxes, technological and social change, including consumerism and minimalism.
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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.
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Minimalism Today: The House of Stone
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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.
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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.
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