Modern Architecture and Modern Furniture





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


Modern architecture and Modern furniture originated almost during the same period of time. Modern architects needed furniture compatible with their architecture and because it was not available on the market, architects had to design it themselves. This does not only apply for the period between 1920 and 1940, as other ambitious architectures had tried before to present their buildings as a unit both on the inside and on the outside. For example one can think of projects by Berlage, Gaudí, Mackintosh or Horta or the architectures of Czech Cubism and the Amsterdam School. This phenomenon originated in the 19th century and the furniture designs were usually developed for the architect’s own building designs and later offered to the broader consumer market, sometimes through specialized companies. This is the reason for which an agreement between the architect and the commissioner was needed, something which was not always taken for granted.

How to Cite

Mácêl, O. (2012). Modern Architecture and Modern Furniture. Docomomo Journal, (46), 14–19.




Author Biography

Otakar Mácêl, Delft University of Technology

Associate professor of Architectural History at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands. He is the author of studies about designers such as Breuer, Mies van der Rohe, Rietveld or Stam, and also of publications on Modern furniture such as Chairs. Catalogue of the Delft Faculty of Architecture Collection and 2100 Metal Tubular Chairs: a Typology.