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Modernism and Post Modernism In the 21century, the products developments are changed a lot. But there are many products still designed by two evolutions - Modernism and Postmodernism. They are very important ideology for the design. And also The Postmodernism is evolved from Modernism. However, Modernist and Postmodernist are still using for many products design. Modernism and Postmodernism have their own ideas and principles which help people to identify the different between them. In the following paragraphs, I will describe the different between Modernism and Postmodernism in product design. And show some products of them, also analyze the products briefly. First of all, I'm going to talk about Modernist design in product design. The time period of Modernism is start at the beginning of 20 century. Modernism is base on practicality, so the products are simple and emphasize on functions. Modernism oppose too much unnecessary decorate (Wikipedia, nd, [Online]). It is emphasize simplify, pure geometrical forms, clear, neat and tiny. It always gives the meaning or purpose directly (Wikipedia, nd, [Online]). Also the material used of modernist design is very emphasizing on quality (Wikipedia, nd, [Online]). However, all of the modernist designs concentrate on pure geometrical forms, simplicity, clarity of form and functional (Wikipedia, nd, [Online]). ...read more.


Plywood is main material for this bedroom set (Rowland, 1990, p.69). However, we can see the bedroom set is very simple and functional in the picture. It just provides a very comfort bed like the other modernist product. The last modernist product that I am going to analyze is a tea table. It designed by Erich Brendel in 1924 (Rowland, 1990, p.69). His style is simple and functional. This tea table is made of walnut veneer with grey linoleum at the bottom. It is a combination of functional and constructivist form (Rowland, 1990, p.69). When it is closed, it becomes a cube. When it is opened, the surfaces become a big cross, which can provide more space for setting out the tea things. Also there some spaces for storage under the surfaces. Therefore, this tea table is space-saving and flexible (Rowland, 1990, p.69). And also proof that modernist product is base on geometric, simplify and functional again. Now I am going to introduce Postmodernist design in product design. The time period of Modernism is start at the end of 20 century (Klages, nd, [Online]). Postmodernism is opposite to the Modernism, it emphasize on decoration and looking, but it's not follow the popular trends. ...read more.


It is called Alessi teapot. This product designed by Michael Graves in 1985. He is an international architect and Princeton University professor (Graves, nd, [Online]). The idea of creating this teapot is from the birds. The kettle is made by stainless steel, and the shape is like a triangle. On the spout of the kettle, it has a little red-bird which can whistle to tell you the water is boiling (DesignMatcher, nd, [Online]). In this kettle, designer use the little bird shape and the sound of bird to achieve the meaning which he want to present. From this we also can distinguish this is a postmodernist design. In conclusion, Modernism and Postmodernism both have there own characteristics. Nowadays, there are still many design products base on these two ideologies. From the research, I can know the general idea of Modernism is base on simplify and functional. It is emphasize simplify, pure geometrical forms, clear, neat and tiny. It always gives the meaning or purpose directly (Wikipedia, nd, [Online]). On the other hand, the idea of postmodernism is stress on decoration and looking. And the meaning of postmodernist design is not really clear, or the meaning is reversing sometimes (Nip 2001, [Online]). However, I think they both have their advantages and disadvantages, it is just depends on what people they like. ...read more.

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