Modernism: Design in a Nutshell (4/6)


In the early 20th century the war to end
all wars didn’t end war at all, it stoked the fires of change. A traumatized world was right for change, the world was ready for modernism. Modernists wanted to
forget history, or at least reinterpret it. More than just a style, modernism applied
to virtually all forms of creative expression. Innovative artists like Picasso, Escher Dali, they all started looking at
their world differently. Other artists tried painting light itself. These were the Impressionists. Surrealists went a bit further. We had entered the age of the ‘ism’ – cubism, symbolism, futurism, constructivism, all these new modern ways
of looking at the world blew people away. When it came to architecture, modernists
were intrigued by emerging technology. Concrete, glass and steel featured
heavily in their buildings. Modernists believed that they could design a better
society. Ornamental indulgence was considered a
frivolous waste of effort. They thought function should always
dictate form and that mankind’s intelligence, creativity and capability
for radical thinking should be celebrated. Take the Russian inventor
Georgii Krutikov, he suggested an idea for a city held aloft by electrical
currents. This at a time when there was barely enough wattage to keep the lights
on! Not everything they designed was a resounding success, but you could argue modernism was the single most influential movement of the 20th century. From house music to housewares, tables and chairs to graphic design, all have been created by the aesthetics and ideas of modernism. Do you buy into modernism?

36 comments

  • Z Mule

    Borg Borg

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  • TheTsiku

    Thanks, that was actually helpful.

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  • Lucas Almeida

    GREAT WORK!

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  • Daniel Dias

    the same chair is used representing bauhaus and now in modernism… ??

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  • Paulina słodzińska

    bauhaus is modernism

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  • Alondra Sinclair

    it's not it's modern, not modernist.

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  • Alondra Sinclair

    your confusing modernism movement with the modern movment

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  • jackyinhere

    Aren't both the terms same?
    Please explain if I am wrong.

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  • afthefragile

    I'm a fan of Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements more.

    Bauhaus and Modernism are too bland and boring.

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  • Alondra Sinclair

    I just looked them both up on wikipedia and got two totally different things. At least their is a clear difference in architectural terms. Look up Modernist Architecture and Modern Architecture. You'll get two very distinct styles. Regarding philosophy, read the wiki articles. c:

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  • Morahman7vnNo2

    I do, yes.

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  • Catherine Finch

    It looks good, but without captions I can't follow a word as I'm deaf. I expect an Institution like OU to provide them.

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  • Dragonknight

    Great video but I'm personally not a fan of modernism as whole, especially in buildings and furniture.

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  • squeezetruck

    In other words, modernism is a kind of brain damage caused by war trauma.  I couldn't agree more.

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  • Gregory Erickson

    I've always preferred the classics.

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  • Aanaartu

    As a industrial design student, this is one of the more brilliantly made and compressed serie I've found from the whole internet!

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  • Plywood Trees

    Modernist architecture places function above form.  Le Corbusier takes this to the point that "Houses are machines for living in", or in other words, are mass produced and efficiently designed.  Sadly, the days of modernism have passed.

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  • Adam

    sitting my design mock exam in a week and this series has been amazing as revision.

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  • Bijan Izadi

    I like the phrasing at the end hahaaaa
    Thats only what it looks like though, "buying into it"
    Its so primitive and simple that it works

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  • Yousra

    what year did Modernism Movement begin?

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  • Jessica Curley

    why was the world traumatised?

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  • młody kawasaki

    How is the graphic design of this presentation called? I mean, It's quite popular these days: slightly bleak, pastel colours, simple drawings etc. Does anyone know?

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  • Pono Kaleikini

    Modernism = Current updates

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  • borggus

    Sounds like an excuse for people to buy plain lifeless mass produced garbage.

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  • Bernhardinski

    Wasn't Monet an impressionist? Like the impressionist you point your finger at to explain what Impressionism is?

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  • Slant Six

    Much of the modernist furniture that is heralded is extremely uncomfortable and not functional.

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  • Samuel115s

    I love modernism 😊

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  • D Sperse

    Hopefully we have a renaissance and actually start to build buildings that look attractive

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  • Fekar Khairul

    SO APA POINT NYA ?

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  • 米星星

    in the early 20th century the war to end all wars didn't end war at all.
    it stoked the fires of change.
    a traumatized world was right for change,the world was ready for modernism.
    modernists wanted to forget history ,or at least reinterpret it.
    more than just a style,modernism applied to virtually all forms of creative expression.
    innovative artists like Picasso,Asher Dali, they all started looking at their world differently.
    other artists tried painting light itself .
    these were the Impressionists.
    Surrealists went a bit further.
    we had entered the age of the”isms-cubism,symbolism,futurism,constructivism, all these new modern ways of looking at the world blew people away.
    when it came to architecture,modernists were intrigued by emerging technology.
    concrete,glass and steel featured heavily in their buildings.
    modernists believed that they could design a better society.
    ornamental indulgence was considered a frivolous waste of effort.
    the thought function should always dictate form and that mankind's intelligence,creativity and capability for radical thinking should be celebrated.
    take the Russian inventor Georgii krutikov, he suggested an idea for a city held aloft by electrical currents.
    this at a time when there was barely enough wattage to keep the lights on! not everything they designed was a resounding success, but you could argue modernism was a single most influential movement of the 20th century.
    from house music to housewares, tables and chairs to graphic design,all have been created by the aesthetics and ideas of modernism.
    do you buy into modernism.

    Reply
  • Tineeeyyy

    what will best describe modernism?

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  • Will Burton

    Ugly

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  • Ismir Eghal

    I always asked myself if people used to think that the grey skyscrapers in NY eg. Look beautiful because they seem so ugly to me . but they are functional and thats what people admired about them i guess

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  • Brian Race

    THE complete Abesence of that which himan

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  • Anonymous User

    Wrong
    By this rationale the Chrysler building wouldn't have Eagle gargoyles on it, and every drive in in the United States wouldn't have a googie architecture snack bar. Also, your theory is exactly opposite of what brutalism is.

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  • King Kgothatso Mnguni

    Your videos are perfect!

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