A FRESH LOOK AT "GOOD DESIGN"

by Marci Klein April 12, 2016

A FRESH LOOK AT "GOOD DESIGN"

 

What characterizes good design? Clearly form and function are key components. Add longevity, innovation, manufacturability and toss in sustainability; you’ve got a winning product. Sometimes these features conflict with each other and it is the task of the designer to come up with the perfect balance.

One of the greatest challenges is creating a product whose form will be stylish and current yet still span the life of the object. A quality, well built, credenza may last a century but it’s design may become dated quickly as styles change. With pantone colors changing yearly and the fashion world moving forward exponentially, it is a select few products that can truly hold up to the standards of good design. With the average product taking two years from concept to market, it can be quite a difficult task to design a truly iconic product.

Modify Furniture, a newbie in the design market, has come up with an interesting workaround, The concept: adaptability built into the design. Their core line, the Polychrome Series does just that. With their patent-pending aluminum framing system, the sleek, minimalist and timeless frame is the “scaffolding” that supports endless creativity. “I have a hard time committing (except to my husband). I can’t bare the thought of closing the door on a particular color, design or material. I wanted to create an innovative line of furniture that could evolve with time. The design for the framing system was critical to get right. The versatility of the whole line is dictated by the morphology of the frame. But at the same time, the aesthetic had to be clean, minimalist, and simple enough to be ageless”.

modern bookcase and cffee table by modify furniture

modern clean lines and simplicity create the perfect canvas for a pop of color

The aluminum frame can be powder coated, anodized or plated. Modify uses the same system for their line of case goods, desks, coffee tables and their playful Omnicarte and Cubist small storage solutions. Plans are underway to create office pods and floor to ceiling room dividers that double duty as book shelves. Hinge doors and drawers that can be retrofitting into and unit are also in the works.

The true fun is in the sliding panel doors. Because the frame itself is structural, sliding panel doors are purely aesthetic. Owner and designer Marci Klein compares it to a post and beam structure with the sliders acting as curtain walls. It leaves a world of options for playing around with color, materials, and textures. “As new materials and styles come on the scene, I can work them into the existing structure rather that start with a new design from scratch”.

modify color pallet and image of customizer tool

modify furniture color pallet

The core line uses a playful yet sophisticated mix-and-match pallet of 11 colors. Color matching is also an option for customers that need something special. As these panels are removable, it’s easy to re-design own’s furniture on a daily basis if desired.  So when a customer goes from the young, urban pop color vibe to the more sophisticated white decor, it’s as easy as changing one’s outfit.

“Glass, recycled through-color fiberboard, eco-friendly resin panels are all directions we can go quite easily.”

One of the most exciting adaptations of their core polychrome line is the After Dark Series. This is where the real magic lives. “We have developed a unique process by which we can embed artwork from HR images into the surface of our furniture. So any credenza or coffee table can become a one-of-a -kind piece of functional art.” With the art printed directly onto a metal surface, it is resistant to physical and UV damage and absolutely glows when the sun hits it.

Modify plans to continue designing innovative products that are high-function, high-design and have the unique ability to adapt.

media unit with art by Kristin Reed

Modify After Dark collaborative piece with artist Kristin Reed





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