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Trend Alert: Modern Primitive Furniture, 7 Favorites

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Trend Alert: Modern Primitive Furniture, 7 Favorites

November 21, 2017

A new trend we can get behind: Contemporary designers are embracing traditional artisan-made furniture with a primitive appeal. Here are our current favorites.

(N.B.: We recently profiled this trend in our post Trend Alert: 10 New Design Developments on Our Radar for Fall 2017.)

the marolles chair is a design from artist jean touret in \1947, conceived 17
Above: The Marolles Chair is a design from artist Jean Touret in 1947, conceived in the rural French village of Marolles. The design was recently revived by Ed Clay, a furniture maker in Carneros, California. It’s available from Ed Clay and March for $875. See more in Reviving a Stealth Classic: The Marolles Chair from Ed Clay.
new red oak stools from los angeles designers kirill bergart and joe lorens of  18
Above: New red Oak Stools from Los Angeles designers Kirill Bergart and Joe Lorens of Counter-Space. They’re made with traditional joinery techniques; $120 each for the stools and $450 for the Oak Bench. See more in Counter-Space: Furniture and Homewares for Mindful Living, California-Style.
inspired by the english settle (a high back bench found in pubs and churches),  19
Above: Inspired by the English settle (a high-back bench found in pubs and churches), the Plank Settle is part of designer Sue Skeen’s Common Parts collection for the New Craftsmen. See Common Parts: A Spirited Line of Furniture from Sue Skeen and the New Craftsmen for more.
los angeles designer shin okuda of waka waka makes quirky shaped furniture insp 20
Above: Los Angeles designer Shin Okuda of Waka Waka makes quirky-shaped furniture inspired by Japanese temple architecture. The Waka Waka Contemporary Wood Cylinder Back Accent Armchair is somewhere between primitive and modern; $1,500 from Waka Waka on 1st Dibs. For more, see Tiny Altars: Furniture Inspired by Japanese Temples.
bddw&#8\2\17;s leaf side table is both architectural and stocky. it co 21
Above: BDDW’s Leaf Side Table is both architectural and stocky. It comes in black and claro walnut, American white oak, ambrosia, and tiger maple. Contact BDDW for ordering information.
sawkille tall chair side view
Above: The Penn Bar Stool is available in American black walnut, hard maple, and white oak; prices start at $2,200.
designer&#8\2\17;s neri & hu designed the commune bench as part of 23
Above: Designer’s Neri & Hu designed the Commune Bench as part of a collection for their “vision of the future home as one imbued with ideas of community and a social collective.” The bench is $2,200 at the Future Perfect.
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Frequently asked questions

What is modern primitive furniture design?

Modern primitive furniture design combines the natural simplicity of primitive pieces with modern materials and techniques.

What materials are commonly used in modern primitive furniture?

Modern primitive furniture can be made from a variety of materials including wood, metal, stone, and leather.

What sets modern primitive furniture apart from other furniture styles?

Modern primitive furniture stands out for its raw and organic aesthetic, as well as its ability to blend seamlessly with modern interiors.

What are some popular modern primitive furniture designs?

Some popular modern primitive designs include live-edge wood tables, raw metal chairs, and stone benches.

How can I incorporate modern primitive furniture into my home?

Modern primitive furniture works well in a variety of settings, from rustic cabins to modern apartments. Try adding a comfortable leather chair or a natural wood coffee table to bring in some earthy elements.

Where can I purchase modern primitive furniture?

Modern primitive furniture can be found at a variety of retailers and online shops, including Restoration Hardware and West Elm. Many independent makers and artisans also create unique pieces that can be purchased through their websites or at local markets and fairs.

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sue skeen common parts plank settle oak
Inglis Hall

Plank Settle

£5,100.00 GBP from The New Craftsmen
neri and hu commune bench
De La Espada

Commune Bench

$2,200.00 USD from The Future Perfect

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