Contemporary design, or new design, is often confused with modern design. But there is a big difference. as the former merely means current. It is a genre of modern furniture. The term modern, in interior and furniture design, focuses on the design traits from the mid-1900's, which never change, these being geometric patterns, simplistic minimalism, clean lines, the fusing of white and neutral colors with a solitary bold color, etc. Contemporary design on the other hand, while often incorporating these also add current design traits, and are always changing. The confusion often comes from the fact that modern styled furniture happens to be the most popular style at the time, thus most contemporary chairs would be considered modern.
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