Since 1920s, modern era has begun. This also gave an influence on building design and furniture. Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous designers at that time started to design modern seating and furniture in the modernist style. Modern seating lacked skirts and frills. As a result, the chairs have honest lines and minimalist design as Victorian favored. Many people nowadays favor modern chairs because they are considered more versatile and cheaper than the traditional ones. They are suitable to be used in almost any styles of home or office designs. People now have a lot of choices. There are some styles of this kind of chair as illustrated below.
One of the most popular modern seating styles is Arts and Crafts movement. This chair was first appeared in the Victorian era. Thus, it is also called as the first modern seating style. As a premiere product of modern chair, this chair introduces the vertical lines and simplicity in their design. The Arts and Crafts major designer, Gustav Stickley, had a strong belief behind the creation of this style. He and other designers at that time thought that the application of decor and trim led to poor design because the basic design could be distracted by the decor and trim. Because of this, the attempted to replace the poor design with the good one by removing the distraction.
Another style of contemporary seating is leather longue. This chair was introduced in 1950s. Modern furniture, including modern desk chair always developed and at that time, the current style was comfy style with the extensive use of simple padding, cushions, and material slung such as sheets of leather with no hard base beneath them over framework. In this era, it was emblematic to use the leather lounge. To typify this period, the leather longue as modern seating came in straightforward look and simple shapes, commonly black, squares, and low to the floor.
In 1970, the style of modern office chair became more casual. The casualty could be seen in the bean bag chair. As the name implied, bean bag chair was small Styrofoam bits, full of beans that was designated to conform the body shape. In fact, this chair was not really good for body shape. This can be understood since this period was the era of experimentation meaning that many unique styles were created. The other modern seating products of this era were straight back chairs and rocking longue.