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The New Dutch Modernism


The New Dutch Modernism

Justine Hand July 18, 2014

The brainchild of a group of design students from Rotterdam, Netherlands, Modiste Furniture is a promising new line of furniture offering a contemporary take on modernism. “We like clear lines, rich materials, and simple yet ingenious detailing made with an unbridled optimism towards the future,” says lead designer, Jelle Baars.

For Baars and his team, realizing this vision means being involved in the manufacturing process from start to finish. After handpicking all of the materials themselves, the group works closely with local craftsmen to combine 21st-century design with traditional crafting techniques, including many hand-finished details. And because the client is also seen as an intrinsic part of the process, each piece of Modiste furniture comes in an array of finishes and sizes and with customizable accessories.

Above: Available in white or black, Modiste’s 600 Series modular credenza offers a choice of granite or marble top, and doors (shown here) or drawers. The base is made of powder-coated steel with high-quality wood veneer panels; €2,250 from Modiste. A longer version is also available for 3,570.

Above: The 600 Series with drawers and an Arabescato marble top.

Above: The quality of the materials is very important to Modiste. Here, a close-up of the 600 Series credenza shows the attention to detail and the beauty of the wood and marble grain.

Above: The Modiste 900 Series is a modular shelving unit that comes in three sizes. Finished in either a matte black or glossy cream, the shelf is available in several choices of veneer; €1,550 for a single-shelf unit.

Above: A three-shelf-unit 900 series is shown in black with red gum veneer. Each plywood shelf is cut and finished by hand.

More modular storage? See Classic Swedish Shelving: Kitchen Edition, and for hundreds of storage ideas, browse our Shelving gallery. Over at Gardenista, Michelle shows how to Stage a Garage Intervention with Stylish Shelving.

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