How Do You "Soften Up" Modern?

How Do You "Soften Up" Modern?

Susie Nadler
Dec 4, 2009

During a recent bout of flu, I hunkered down with the DVR and a marathon of the fabulous "Man Shops Globe." Wow, do I love that show! It's amazing to see how the fruit of Keith Johnson's worldwide travels translates into gorgeous Anthropologie displays and products. On his visit to the Netherlands, Johnson posed an interesting question that I thought I might pose, in turn, to you: How do you "soften up" modern?

Johnson loved the clean lines and innovative spirit of the modern design he came upon in Holland, but he was searching for a way to "soften" up the look in order to bring it in line with the Anthropologie aesthetic. The chairs above, by furniture designer Leslie Osterich, combine a classic mid-century form with romantic images from paintings, achieving the perfect blend of sleek and soft.

It's clear there are many lovers of a modern aesthetic among the Apartment Therapy readership. If you're among them, do share: How do you "soften up" modern in your own home? What are some ways you bring your own personal warmth in line with your modern sensibilities?

If you haven't seen Man Shops Globe, you can check it out online here.

(Image: Sundance Channel)

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