5 Innovative Ways to Find Modern Furniture

5 Innovative Ways to Find Modern Furniture

Furniture and innovation do not often go together in people?s minds. For hundreds of years, furniture design has been limited by the immediate practicality facing any furniture design: does it work? Although it seems like furniture stays the same, if you study the history of furniture, you will see changes in furniture design that exploded with the integration of new materials and manufacturing processes in the 1950s.

While mid-century modern significantly changed the approach to furniture, furniture shopping has not followed the internet revolution as quickly as other shopping systems. That is because it is hard to answer the fundamental question to furniture design online: does it work?

Although the increase in quality and affordability through internet marketing has taken time to create innovative furniture shopping, the last few years have seen modern innovators shake the furniture economy. Here are 5 innovative ways that furniture shoppers can find modern furniture.

Online, Direct to Consumers

The fundamental question is often answered through show rooms, word of mouth, and money back guarantees. Since shipping times and systems have become more reasonable across the globe because of Amazon?s delivery systems, people are now willing to trust online furniture stores to deliver furniture direct to their home. This means that consumers are able to find and choose designer furniture at an affordable price and without making specific trips to the designers? showrooms.

Create Relationships with Furniture Designers

Whether finding artisans and designers on your own or using a site like North Hem to follow designers you enjoy, the modern relational economy means people can build relationships with their favorite furniture designers wherever they are on the globe. Love Japanese ceramics? Check out our dinnerware items and save yourself a trip to the Japanese manufacturing center.

Fulfilment and global shipping are part of modern furniture shopping. Savvy customers build relationships with their favorite artisans, whether direct or through an intermediary like North Hem.

Garage Sales

This innovative method for finding furniture is not new by any means. But, there are ways to make garage sale shopping more innovative. Mobile technology means that you are able to check furniture on site if it?s a designer you are not familiar with. You can look up the approximate cost of rehabbing used furniture before you commit to buy a designer brand that has been lovingly used.

Design Your Own

Whether you use ancient and timeless techniques to create wood furniture or find a 3D printer to create your space age designs, innovators always understand the joy of do-it-yourself projects. Yes, this is often more expensive in time and supplies than purchasing from an online furniture store, but sometimes innovation is about the joy of doing, not the affordability or quality.

Follow Bloggers in the Know

Finally, innovative furniture shoppers will take the time to read, engage, and follow other innovators in the field. Whether that is furniture review blogs, online stores that source modern furniture direct from the designer or following designers themselves.

With patience, a budget, and an internet connection, modern shoppers can find some of the best designer furniture that the 21st Century Provides.

4 Astonishing Scandi Bathrooms

4 Astonishing Scandi Bathrooms

Natural woods, open spaces, geometric shapes, these are all parts of modern Scandi design that can make a bathroom really stand out from the ordinary. The following are examples of bathrooms that really showcase different aspects of Scandinavian design.

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Spa-Like Scandi Bathrooms

The wood and glasswork in this bathroom really make it feel like you are in a spa. While thinking about toilets is not the most inspiring design, it is necessary for private bathrooms because space demands that all your privy activities are done in the same room. This bathroom took the toilet into consideration in creating a glass enclosure that still feels a part of the room, is affordable to install, and keeps unwanted smells from the bath and shower.

tiny space scandinavian urban bathrooms

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Make Use of Tight Spaces

Technically a shower, this bathroom really showcases hot to get the best use out of tight spaces. Although intimate in space, it feels like a place to really wind down after a long day?s work or gain inspiration in the morning under the oversize shower head.


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Scandi and Mid-Century Fusion Bathrooms

Traditional black and white square tile makes this bathroom feel like a cross between Scandi and mid-century modern design. The hot water piping to the towel rack is an ingenious way to ensure you have a warm towel ready after stepping out of the bath or shower.

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Extreme Minimalist Scandi Bathroom

This bathroom is at once inspiring and a little overwhelming. The minimal colour-scheme on the walls contrasts nicely with the bold fittings in both black and copper. The wood shelf under the sink and the wood stool by the bath add a nice texture and the large bath is a place you could easily lose yourself in.

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The Many Uses for Mid-Century Modern Design

The Many Uses for Mid-Century Modern Design

Mid-century modern design and furniture is one of our favourite objects of discussion at North Hem, and this post looks at different ways an interior designer can use mid-century modern principles and products within a home.


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This living room shows the delightful colours and minimalism that can be found in mid-century modern design. While a Scandi modern look has neutral tones and sedate colours, mid-century modern is not afraid to put a lime green chair in the middle of the room, as long as the rest of the d?cor is more sedate and minimalist.


Comfort and Style

Good mid-century modern design incorporates other design elements into a room, seeking to craft style and comfort into a positive experience. In mid-century furniture, comfort is a key part of the most important utilitarian pieces in a room. You wont find rock hard couches in a mid-century living room. Any place a bottom sits is a place where comfort reigns supreme.

Throughout the rest of the room, the open spaces, unique materials, and fresh tones of mid-century design provide the aesthetic style to accompany the mid-century modern feel.

Asian and Scandi Fusion

Msid-century modern and modern Scandinavian often get confused for each other, but there are differences between them, both subtle and significant differences. Subtle: Scandi uses more woods in furniture and less cozy fabrics. Large difference: Scandi design focuses on neutral colours and natural wood tones over the modern plastics and vibrant colours of mid-century modern.

But, both Asian design and Scandi design work well in fusion with mid-century modern.

Commercial and Residential Crossovers

Because of the utilitarian nature of much mid-century modern furniture, it is easy to use residential furniture in a commercial space and vice-versa. The simple and elegant shapes of mid-century modern design work well as set pieces in an office, coworking space, or waiting area. On the other hand, the open layouts of commercial spaces work well in a home to incorporate mid-century modern principles.


Embracing Autumn in Australia

Embracing Autumn in Australia

Autumn is a great time of year for external decorating. Cooler temperatures make for comfortable days in the open, ripe produce provides a great backdrop for decorating, and there are still enough nice days in the week to plan time outside.

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Colour your porches, windows, doors, and other outside areas with pumpkins, decorative corn, and tree foliage. These colours will define how your house and landscaping looks for autumn. Whether using real foliage or themed prints on throw pillows and blankets, a tasteful autumn colourful design will both increase the beauty of your home?s exterior without taking away from the look because of too much clutter.

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Outside Festivities

Plan some great outside festivities for autumn. As days get shorter but there are still comfortable days for dining outside, use light strings to create a beautiful and intimate outdoor dining experience. Create a dining room with boards and candles on the table,? or spend time outside around a fireplace.

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Painting and Other Projects

Autumn precedes winter, a time where your home often faces the full brunt of weather. Freshen up your home with a touch of paint. Autumn is a good time to re-stain or paint exposed wood to protect it throughout the year. This will also give your home a comfortable look. As you can see with the photo above, good design for autumns

Paint the home, use autumn produce to introduce colour, create intimate and beautiful outdoor experiences. What are your favorite autumn exterior decorating tips?

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Minimalism in the Home: 5 Pictures from Around the House

Minimalism in the Home: 5 Pictures from Around the House

Minimalism is not so much design as it is principle, or philosophy. Have what you use and need, and free yourself and your home from extraneous pieces. The space can be energizing and uplifting. Here are five rooms where minimalism is embraced and practiced.

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The Modern Chromatic Room

This sleek, modern room is done in a monochromatic palette. The table and desk almost seem to be floating, thanks to their open, airy design, and the couch is made to match. Superfluous furniture and decor are absent; the unusual sconce doubles as art in the space, and a single book and retro phone provide the rest.


minimalist bedroom

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Welcoming Bedroom

Minimalism doesn?t mean stark or empty. This welcoming bedroom is everything you need, and nothing you don?t. The bed isn?t buried in pillows but still looks like luxury. White furniture with clean lines and a stylish lamp don?t compete with the cool colors of the painting. Comfort, but not clutter, and plenty of space to enjoy some refreshments.


minimalist living room

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Living Room as a Work of Art

This living room is almost a work of art in and of itself. Furniture in monochrome with plenty of natural color in the floor and greenery, it boasts plenty of space between pieces and a pleasing symmetry.


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Space in the Kitchen

Minimalism in this kitchen looks like plenty of space between work zones and flush-mounted ovens and cooktop. Fixtures at the sink are clean and sleek, and unnecessary knobs and handles are absent from the cabinetry. Food and flowers brighten the space.


minimalist bathroom

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Minimalist Bathroom

Clear glass on the shower and a wall-mounted vanity keep an open, airy feel in this bathroom. Fixtures, both chrome and porcelain, are simple and unadorned, with some natural greenery for a splash of color.

What does minimalism look like in your home?


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