Modern vs Contemporary Furniture Design: What’s the Difference?

Modern contemporary furniture | Dining rooms by Vermont Woods Studios
Our Modern American Dining Set in natural cherry wood.

Modern and contemporary are used interchangeably in most contexts—after all, even the dictionary lists them as synonyms—but when it comes to talking about furniture, architecture, and interior design, these two terms are not one and the same.

In most situations modern translates to “here and now”, but when discussing modern design and furniture, it is referring to various periods from the early to mid-twentieth century. Contemporary on the other hand is forever changing as it all about what is hot and trendy this decade.

Here is an easy way to remember the difference between modern and contemporary furniture: modern design will never change, while contemporary design is always being redefined.

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5 of Our Best-Selling Round Glass Top Dining Tables

American made round glass top dining tables

A dining table is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home. It’s where you gather and feast with family. Sit and sort though mail. Laugh. Cry. And the longer you have a table, the more memories it accumulates.

If you’re looking for a new dining table, you’ve come to the right place. All our dining tables are made in America and guaranteed to last a lifetime. Although most of our tables are built with solid wood, glass top dining tables have become an increasingly popular choice. They’re great at making a space feel bigger than it is, and the glass top is easy to care for and helps highlight the craftsmanship and beauty in the base of the table.

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16 Sustainable Gift Ideas for Everyone On Your List (2023)

Last updated on January 10th, 2023 at 11:28 am

Every year American’s spend billions of dollars buying gifts for their friends, family, and loved ones. With the increasing urgency of climate change, we wanted to highlight some businesses that are working to make the world a more sustainable place- businesses that make great products and have sustainable practices baked into everything that they do. There are plenty of amazing companies to choose from that prioritize sustainable material sourcing, ethical production practices, environmental education, and low waste packaging.

While the gift guide below considers all of these factors, it also focuses on sustainable gift ideas that can help people lead more eco-friendly lifestyles.

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5 of Our Best Selling Small TV Stands

TV Stand & Media Console

These small TV stands are built in Vermont with solid wood and guaranteed to last a lifetime. They’re perfect in your living or bedroom to house your TV and provide extra storage for gaming consoles, DVDs, and more. Available in your choice of natural cherry, maple, or walnut hardwood. Built by hand and shipped white glove. Qualifying orders ship free!

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32 Vermont Made Holiday Gift Ideas for 2023

Last updated on January 10th, 2023 at 11:28 am

Vermont made products that you give as gifts

We all know the importance of supporting the US economy and buying American made holiday gifts, but let’s not forget about supporting our own local economy here in Vermont. The Green Mountain State has become a bastion for high-quality craftsmanship and original artistry, and there’s tons of Vermont made products that could put a smile on any face.

When you think of products from Vermont, your mind probably goes to maple syrup, craft beer and cheese, and of course those made our list, but we’ve included some other great products as well!

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Our 2022 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale Schedule

Last updated on November 12th, 2022 at 10:22 am

Our biggest savings of the year! Get 20% off storewide during our Black Friday | Small Business Saturday | Cyber Monday sale. Excludes all home decor, outdoor furniture, artisan furniture, clearance items, and Copeland collections. $2,000 minimum to qualify. See additional details.

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5 of Our Best-Selling Solid Wood Oval Coffee Tables

Last updated on November 4th, 2022 at 02:55 pm

French Country Oval Coffee Table
Our French Country Oval Coffee Table made in solid cherry wood with a Mahogany stain.

Our solid wood oval coffee tables are handcrafted in Vermont using real, North-American hardwoods: natural cherry, walnut, maple and oak. Designed and built to last forever, our coffee tables are made to order just for you and can be customized to perfectly fit your space and style.

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5 of Our Best Selling Chifforobe Chests

Last updated on November 1st, 2022 at 12:23 pm

American made chifforobe chests

A “chifforobe”– sometimes referred to as a Gentleman’s Chest– is a piece of furniture designed to house both a chest of drawers and a cabinet for hanging clothes. Gent’s Chests are typically a bit deeper than a typical dresser or chest to accommodate the hanging clothes.

They’re perfect for bedrooms that don’t have closets, mudrooms and entryways, or for fashionistas whose wardrobes exceed their closet space.

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7 Asian-Inspired Furniture Collections

Asian Inspired Furniture Collections. Seen here, the Astrid Bedroom Set in natural cherry.

The term “Asian inspired furniture” isn’t just reserved for black lacquered chests and painted tables. Asian design philosophies have influenced hardwood furniture around the world, and especially here in the United States.

This kind of Eastern design influence is evident in the use of vertical moon-shaped cuts and irregular joinery techniques, such as is seen in our Contemporary Craftsman and Exeter collections, respectively.

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Modern Industrial Furniture

Modern Industrial Dining Set
Our Modern Industrial Dining Table and matching Modern Industrial Benches shown in natural walnut wood

Today, we’re excited to shine a light on our Modern Industrial Furniture Collection designed by our very own team at Vermont Woods Studios.

The Modern Industrial collection features solid wood table tops with powder-coated black steel legs. They’re perfect for the modern kitchen, commercial restaurants and pubs, or just to spice up a room with some new colors and textures.

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