Modular Furniture Madness Returns



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Explosive popularity in any type of furniture that has a Scandinavian-sounding name has reintroduced the modular design concept to the mainstream market, but what the heck is it and where did it come from?

True modular furniture is designed to achieve a number of specific goals, although usually some marketer will describe something as modular if it checks at least one of these boxes:

1. Easy to Assemble/Disassemble            2. Has Interlocking Pieces       3. Fits into Tight Spaces     4. Looks Like it Came from the Future        5. Easy to Manufacture           6. Geometric in Shape

Obviously, the concept of modular design isn’t futuristic, but what’s ironic is that it’s not even kinda new. In fact, it’s pretty old, at least in design years. The precise origin of the modular idea is impossible to pinpoint because it's such a ubiquitous concept found in every form of design since people started designing things, from art and architecture to cars and computers.

The look of modular furniture as we know it today, though, really started gaining traction in the 1950s, although it never really captured a mainstream audience. It resonated with the upscale art crowd and fringe hipsters (yeah, they're nothing new, either), but consumers in the Midwest didn't want their living rooms looking like space stations.

But, oh the times they are a-changin'. Again. The gluttony of the 80s and 90s has passed, and cultural and economic shifts in the U.S. are making streamlined efficiency popular again. Booming college enrollment, household downsizing and an entire generation that is staying single longer are bringing back love for all things modular.

How long the movement will last is anybody's guess, but in the meantime you'll probably start noticing more foldaway table-chair-beds than ever before.

ATGStores.com invites you to comment on your favorite kind of modular furniture.

Futuristic and eco-friendly, the Nuans Design "York" modular sofa captures the geometric styling found in many modular designs. 

This modular bookcase from Convenience Concepts utilizes a very popular and functional modular design.

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