Late Modern (1950-Today)

Late-Modern was the last phase of Modern Design, a phase of contrasts and paradoxes, technological and social changes including Consumism and Minimalism, Hippie counter culture.

Parque Biblioteca España
Late modern architecture- Parque Biblioteca España

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Late Modern Architecture Characteristics

Late modern architecture features horizontally oriented lines with ribbon windows; large areas of the buildings may be also without windows. The use of industrial materials like concrete is massive. Artists use to conceive dramatic sculptural display of building’s volumes, with no ornaments all over the edifice. Gallaratese Quarter II, by Aldo Rossi was inspired by the stepping forms and rigid spatial organization of Roman examples like Trajan’s Market. All the exposed elements of the building are structural, with no ornamentation.

Aldo Rossi, Quartiere residenziale Gallaratese, Milan, Italy, 1967-74
Gallaratese Quarter II, Aldo Rossi. Milan, Italy, 1967-74

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Minimalism Today: The House of Stone

House of Stone, Salone del Mobile, Milan 2010.
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 their work at the celebrated Think Tank Exhibition, Milan. The installation named “House of Stone” was a minimal, house shaped, architectural structure made from recycled stone, cut muticulously.

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

Late Modern Interior design

The furniture industry have had important technological achievements in manufacturing techniques. Arne Jacobsen, for example, a Danish architect, projected furniture designs that have become 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 famous to be one of the most diffused chairs ever created.

Ant chair 00
First Ant chair 00 with 3 legs on display in Design Museum Denmark. 1952

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The Castiglioni brothers created a style that fuses together the respect for forms in everyday objects with an interest in functionality.
In 1962 they designed the Arco Floor Lamp which was created after a typical street light. The lamp’s base was made of marble, heavy enough to project the light source up and out eight feet.

Arc Floor Lamp.
Arco Floor Lamp.

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