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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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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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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48 of the Best Furniture Quotes of All Time

Last updated on October 4th, 2022 at 09:57 am

Our lives happen around our furniture. Every day, our bed frames, dining tables, dressers, and coffee tables support us, often without thanks and appreciation. Here we’re taking a look back at some of the best acknowledgements of the importance our furniture plays in our lives. We’ve assembled what we think are the best furniture quotes of all time.

Let us know in the comments what your favorites are!

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12 of Our Favorite Minimalist Bed Frames

Our Vermont Shaker Moon Bed personifies minimalism in the bedroom
Minimalism is all the rage these days, and for good reason. Proponents say a minimal lifestyle can make you happier, healthier, and more purpose driven. Shop for your minimalist bed here.

The idea is that minimalism helps people question what possessions, activities, and thoughts actually add value to their lives. As No Sidebar puts it, “Every day, more stuff comes into our lives: stuff in our houses, stuff on our calendars, stuff on our minds. All that stuff gets in the way of where we really want to go and who we really want to be.” Read More

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Fine Wood Furniture: Top 5 Tips for Shopping Online

French Country Dining Set | American Made | Vermont Woods Studios | Fine Wood Furniture

This is part of a series of posts on how to buy fine wood furniture online. Bookmark this page or sign up for our newsletter to follow related posts.

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Copeland Furniture: Reviews & Testimonials

Mansfield Bedroom Set in Cherry by Copeland Furniture
The Berkeley Bedroom Set in natural cherry wood by Copeland Furniture

Copeland Furniture is one of Vermont’s most recognizable high-end furniture brands. Since 1976, Tim Copeland and his family have been building a reputation for world-class furniture in a variety of crisp, clean designs. Based in Bradford, Vermont, Copeland specializes in mid-century modern wood furniture. In their own words, Copeland calls their furniture “transitional. Neither strictly contemporary nor traditional but rather a combination of elements that incorporate classic proportion with modern simplicity.”

Here’s what our customers are saying about Copeland Furniture:

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Common Wood Finishes for Furniture & Flooring

Last updated on June 6th, 2022 at 09:47 am

Beyond their capabilities to create biodiverse ecosystems and turn greenhouse gases into clean oxygen, trees also provide one of the most versatile materials on the planet- wood. In addition to being used by carpenters and builders for framing houses, wood is perhaps most commonly used for furniture and flooring, here in the US and around the world.

When properly maintained, wood lasts a long time- generations. But part of maintaining wood means adding a finish. Using a finish on wood furniture and flooring helps modulate the humidity content of the wood. When wood dries out too much, it is prone to cracking and splitting, so it’s important to seal in the appropriate moisture content.

There are lots of options for finishing wood, but when it comes to furniture and flooring, most products fall into one of these categories: oils, varnishes, polyurethanes, lacquers, and waxes.

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Sustainable Furniture Buying Tips: 5 Questions You Should Be Asking

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Our Skyline Panel Bed in Cherry with Walnut accents.

Being a sustainable company may be trendy now, but how do you know if what you’re buying is truly sustainable?

Our company was founded with the mission to save the rainforest. We are a wood furniture company that uses only sustainably harvested wood from North America. It’s been 17 years and we still guarantee that. Now it seems big name brands and celebrities are making claims of sustainability when they put their names on home goods. With so many products and brands now claiming sustainable practices, it may be hard to tell if the products you’re using really are eco-friendly.

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