10 furniture pieces that have gone extinct in the modern era

  • November 13, 2023

For as long as humans have had the desire to put down roots and build a home, there has also been the need to furnish those dwellings. Stone furnishings have been found in Skara Brae on Scotland’s Orkney Islands, dating as far back as 3200 B.C.E.

Crafted goods like these have always served multiple purposes in homes across the world. Some pieces are built with a specific, practical function in mind—which unfortunately tends to render them obsolete when those functions are no longer necessary. Items like telephone tables and smoking stands, which were highly fashionable in the first half of the 20th century, have now all but disappeared from contemporary homes.

In addition to its functionality, furniture can also contribute to the style or decor of a space. Secretaire bookcases, for example, provided the benefit of both storage space and a convenient work surface. More elaborate versions, like the Louis XVI style, also featured inlaid wood designs and fine marble tops, elevating them to statement pieces in 18th-century French homes.

Sometimes trends cycle back decades later, but often pieces of furniture disappear to make way for something that suits the needs of the era better. Living Spaces curated a list of 10 such pieces of furniture that were once popular but are no longer prevalent in modern homes, using information from various sources.

Keep reading to learn more about the purpose of these classic pieces, what made them so coveted in their heyday, and what eventually caused them to go out of style.

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Midcentury modern design in 10 essential pieces | Entertainment News

  • September 16, 2023

Decade after decade, midcentury modern design continues to appeal. The New York Times noted a resurgence of the style in 1998. Nearly two decades later, there came another wave. Fast Company deemed it the “pumpkin spice latte of interior design.” It’s a style “Mad Men” popularized in the current century; its designers—Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, and more—are named in reverent whispers among design circles.

Even casual design fans have likely heard the phrase “midcentury modern design” before. It is an influential design movement that became popular in the United States in the mid-20th century. Heavily influenced by German Bauhaus design, the midcentury modern aesthetic favors clean, simple craftsmanship using a blend of natural and human-made materials.

Although the style’s heyday is roughly placed from 1933 to 1965, it truly took off post-World War II, an era soaked in optimism, first with the Allied victory and then eventually as the U.S. set its sights on space. Because of the war, the U.S. became a production powerhouse, and output from mining, construction, and manufacturing doubled between 1939 and 1944. As soldiers returned home to rebuild their lives, the need for housing and furnishing increased, fueling designers (many of whom were émigré) to turn to the latest technologies developed during the war and to the global influences for inspiration.

Interestingly, midcentury modern wasn’t born until 1984, when author Cara Greenberg coined it for her book “Mid-century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s.” Since then, midcentury modern has become not just a style, argues Fast Company, but a “byword for ‘design’ itself,” or perhaps just taste.

So, which furniture pieces are essential to the era? Singulart used historical information and context from museums, experienced furniture resellers, and designers to compile a list of

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Most popular home decor styles around the world

  • July 19, 2022

Many people have drawn their inspiration for home décor from certain home renovation shows, Instagram, Pinterest and home renovation magazines.

Most popular home décor trends are followed all over the world, with places like New York, London, Paris and Stockholm, leading the pack.

Experts at Liberty investigated most searched for home décor styles.

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London decor

The searches show that Londoners most searched home décor style was modern with 21% of total clicks, followed by Scandinavia at 17%.

Paris decor

Parisians mostly researched for their own cultural décor, Parisian searches came at 27% of the total. The study findings found Parisian was the most searched décor inspiration every month. 

New York and Los Angeles

In the Big Apple, the farmhouse style came out at the top at 28% followed by Boho at 17%. There were similar findings in Los Angeles, which lived up to its Boho theme, with 22% of total searches and farmhouse style also at 22%.


In Sydney, Australia, modern and boho ranked equally with 22% searches each, with industrial. 

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Complied by Sandisiwe Mbhele

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5 Tips on How to Pick the Best Modern Furniture for Your Home

  • June 30, 2022

5 Tips on How to Pick the Best Modern Furniture for Your Home

Choosing the best furniture for your home can be difficult because it involves so many different aspects. Choosing the right furniture, including style and design that will last the test of time, can be challenging.

It might even make you feel uneasy because you don’t want to spend a lot of money only to discover that it wasn’t the look you really wanted. Following a few key shopping tactics will help you make better decisions before starting your journey toward creating a modern home design.

If you have a modern aesthetic in mind, choose pieces that are sleek and simple, without too many details. If you prefer a more traditional look, go with pieces that are ornamented but not flashy.

Here are some tips for picking the best modern furniture for your home.

  1. Consider your home’s style first. Modern furniture is sleek and minimalist, so it will look great in homes with contemporary or minimalist interiors. If your home has a more traditional or eclectic style, then modern furniture may not be the best fit.
  2. Consider the size and shape of the pieces you’re buying. Modern furniture is often geometric and angular, so make sure that the pieces you choose will fit in with the rest of your décor.
  3. Modern furniture is designed to be simple, sleek, and clean. Such pieces will most likely work best if you’re looking for furniture that can withstand everyday wear and tear.

There are many different types and styles to choose from when it comes to furniture. But with modern furniture, you will get a sleek, sophisticated look that’s perfect for a contemporary home.

Here are just a few reasons why modern furniture makes an ideal choice.

  1. It’s stylish and timeless.
  2. It’s versatile and can be incorporated in any room of
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At Home Marks Company Milestone with 250th Store Opening

  • June 27, 2022

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At Home, The Home Décor Superstore, opened its 250th store today in Amherst, NY. Located at 3151 Sheridan Drive, it is also the company’s first location in the Buffalo market. The store’s Grand Opening is Saturday, July 2.

“Today’s milestone is a significant step toward our long-term potential to grow the brand, increase market share and strengthen our position as the leading retailer of home décor,” said Lee Bird, Chairman and CEO. “We continue to strategically expand our footprint across the country and are on track to grow to at least 700 stores nationally.”

The majority of At Home’s locations are second-generation retail. The company looks for stores in high-traffic retail nodes adjacent to other best in class retailers, with great access and near its core customers.

At Home is a unique home décor concept that offers the biggest in-store selection of home décor styles at an incredible value. At Home sells up to 45,000 home décor items for every room, every style and every budget — from furniture, rugs, wall art and housewares to tabletop, patio and holiday décor — in stores averaging just over 100,000 square feet.

As the leading destination for home décor, At Home gives customers a wide variety of style ideas, a continually updated assortment, the latest trends and exciting seasonal products. Hundreds of items arrive each week to provide fresh inspiration and shoppers will discover new collections from designers Ty Pennington, Grace Mitchell, Laila Ali and Tracey Boyd.

A time lapse video of the Amherst store’s construction can be found here.

About At Home Group Inc.

At Home offers up to 45,000 on-trend home products to fit any budget or style, from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal decor. At Home is

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From Aries to Leo: Here are your home decor preferences as per your zodiac sign

  • June 24, 2022

Finding the proper kind of home décor for your home structure can be difficult at times, and there are always aspects to consider, such as budget, style, and preferences. Your astrological sign is considered to influence your style choices as well as personality traits and lifestyle preferences. They do add up to enhance your choices in order to create the ideal living space for you. And it is on this foundation that a person can be defined.

So, here we bring your home décor preferences according to your zodiac sign that will also let you discover your home style.


1. Aries

An Aries’ home should represent their strong personalities. Aries are drawn to spacious places and bright colours that energise them while also reflecting their active lifestyle. Because of their competitive nature, they want to adorn their homes with symbols of their successes, tastes, or whatever drives them for life’s conflicts. Home accessories such as inspirational slogans, trophies, or keepsakes of their glory are ideal.

2. Taurus

Taurus is drawn to peaceful places surrounded by soft sounds and soothing fragrances; thus, their home is all about beauty, comfort, and opulence. Their home reflects their impeccable taste, and they enjoy entertaining visitors in luxury.

3. Gemini

Gemini signs have an unusual flair and are more susceptible to cracking bolder colours than other zodiac signs. In its wonderful abode, Gemini will always look for variety. As a result, the eclectic style is the perfect suit for this very imaginative sign, which tends to mix modern and classic objects. 


4. Cancer

Cancer sign thrives in predictable situations. Their residences are no different, which is why this sign should have a more conventional design. They can surround themselves with calming nostalgic artefacts like mementos, family photos, and framed memories to put themselves

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Tips on finding your personal style, from designer Jonathan Adler

  • June 21, 2022
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Potter, designer and author Jonathan Adler’s career is full of creative highlights, including designing swanky hotels, being a judge on HGTV’s “Design Star: Next Gen” and creating a real-life Malibu Barbie Dream House. His furniture, pillows, rugs and vases are sold throughout the world, including at 11 Jonathan Adler stores, and he recently launched his first collection of tiles for Lunada Bay.

His latest gig is a 13-episode instructional series, “Decorate Like a Designer, with Jonathan Adler,” which premiered in May on Wondrium, a subscription streaming service for educational content. “I have spent my life thinking about how design works,” says Adler, 55. “I felt it was time to share what I know.”

The show’s topics are wide-ranging: lighting, accessorizing, salvaging old objects, color, the magic of repetition — and a compelling lesson on the history of design over the past 100 years. (He even shows viewers how he makes a pot.) It’s a well-organized introduction to the basic principles of design for anyone who wants to improve their skills and for young designers looking to learn from a seasoned pro.

Caution, though: Do not watch all 13 episodes in one day. (I speak from experience here.) It could leave you muttering the series’s mantra, “glamour equals swagger,” in your sleep.

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We caught up with Adler last week in a phone interview from the Shelter Island, N.Y., home that he shares with his husband, fashion guru Simon Doonan, who also appears in the Wondrium series. (The two also have a home in Palm Beach, Fla.) We asked Adler to share advice on finding your own style.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

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