Contemporary furniture comes in all shapes, sizes, and pieces from sofas and beds to bar stools and office desks. Many furniture pieces embody the look of modernism and contemporary styling melding the two genres into a elegant work of functional art. Contemporary furniture is known for its evolution of new materials and unique, generally smooth flowing forms, simplistic and light form. Generally contemporary furniture designers and artists step past the tradition furniture designs to develop new forms and experiences that fans of contemporary furniture can live and work amongst in their everyday life.
Contemporary furniture is the growth from post-Modern furniture and a return to natural, simplistic shapes. Modernism, in regards to furniture designs, is from the Art Deco, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Wiener Werkstätte, and Vienna Secession designers. The Bauhaus style in particular was geared toward a futuristic design for a Utopian mind with unity as the prevailing theme. The line between artist and craftsmen or fine arts and applied arts was blurred because of the Bauhaus philosophies and teaching methods.